Dr. Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chairs The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her research and writing focuses on globalization and global cities, as well as urban sociology.Sassen’s books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages, include Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages, A Sociology of Globalization, Cities in a World Economy, and The Global City. She is also the editor or co-editor of several volumes, including Deciphering the Global: Its Spaces, Scales and Subjects and Digital Formations: New Architectures for Global Order.In addition to her writing, Sassen recently completed a five-year project for UNESCO on sustainable human settlement, for which she set up a network of researchers and activists in over 30 countries. Among other projects, she was involved with the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which for the first time in its history focused on cities.She received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame.