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Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and co-chair of The Committee on Global Thought. Her research and writing focuses on globalization, immigration, global cities, new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. She focuses on the unexpected and the counterintuitive as a way to cut through established “truths.” Her most recent publications include “When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks,” which is forthcoming from Harvard University Press, as well as “Cities in a World Economy,” “Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages,” “A Sociology of Globalization,” and “The Global City.” She edited “Deciphering the Global” and “Digital Formations: New Architectures for Global Order.” Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities, and has chaired the Information Technology and International Cooperation Committee of the Social Science Research Council (USA). She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde, Newsweek International, among other publications, and contributes regularly to OpenDemocracy.net and The Huffington Post.