Prof. Dr. Saskia Sassen
Prof. Dr. Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and chairs The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her new book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (2014). Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2008), A Sociology of Globalization (2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (2012). Among older books is The Global City (1991/2001). Sassen’s books are translated into over 20 languages. She contributes regularly to openDemocracy.net and HuffingtonPost.com. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in multiple lists. She was awarded the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences and elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalisation (including social, economic, and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Her interests include urban sociology, the sociology of transnational processes and globalisation, technology, the dynamics of powerlessness in urban contexts, and migration.