Who we are

The Eviction Machine is a collaborative project of the Urban Praxis Workshop.

Many ideas for content and analysis came from tenants and organizers working with Detroit Eviction Defense.

Alexa (Lex) Eisenberg (she/they) is a Detroit-based housing activist-scholar. Their research and organizing seeks to expose housing and racial injustice and support tenant-led movements to resist systematic displacement in Detroit.

Alex B. Hill works to address the impacts of health disparities from chronic diseases through data analysis and community engagement strategies. His research is focused on food access, health disparities, and racial justice with a focus on the need for greater community involvement at all levels and specifically highlights the intersections of power, privilege, and race.

Joshua Akers is an Associate Professor of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His research and writing examines the intersection of markets and policy and their material impacts on urban neighborhoods and everyday life.

Kate Brantley (she/they) is a master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and a research assistant at Poverty Solutions. Kate is interested in the consequences of forced displacement for mental health and community well-being as well as the functions of power and identity in the landlord-tenant relationship.

Steven Rimmer lives in Detroit Michigan. He is a contracted Research Organizer with Eviction Machine and the Coordinator for The Tenants Association and the of New Center Plaza and Marlenor, the Seward Ave Tenants Association, and the Detroit Tenants Association. His main focus is to address housing issues and tenants rights by organizing renters in his New Center neighborhood and throughout the city of Detroit.

Taura Brown is a Detroit housing activist and organizer with Detroit Eviction Defense. Taura works to stop evictions in Detroit and hold elected officials and landlords accountable.

Thanks to Laura Meyer and Megan Day for their research assistance.