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MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. Events and discussions are open to the entire MIT community.

Spring 2021 book selection: The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

Privileged Poor book cover

It is a pleasure to announce this season’s selection – The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by Anthony Abraham Jack. This book was chosen in partnership with FLI@MIT, a coalition of student participants in Class Awareness Support & Equality (CASE), the First Generation Program, and QuestBridge.

Learn more about how to get the book.

About the book

The Privileged Poor reveals how—and why—disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive. The Privileged Poor has received numerous awards, both for its scholarship (2019 Critics’ Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association) and as a piece of writing (NPR Books Best Book of 2019).

About the author

Anthony Abraham Jack is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, brings personal experience and a sociologist’s perspective to this analysis of social inequity in post-secondary education.


A virtual fireside chat with Anthony Jack and small group discussions will be scheduled in April. Join the MIT Reads mailing list for updates.

MIT Reads is sponsored by the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press Bookstore.