Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

Research Interests


Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chairs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization(W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001.  Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (Under contract with Harvard University Press). She contributes regularly to OpenDemocracy and The Huffington Post.


  • Ph.D., Notre Dame, 1974


  • Sassen, S. 2018. "The Global City: Strategic Site, New Frontier." Chapter in Moving Cities - Contested Views on Urban Life. Springer.
  • Sassen, S. 2017. "Finance and business services in New York City: international linkages and domestic effects." Chapter in Deindustrialization and Regional Economic Transformation. Routledge.
  • Neither Legal nor Illegal: Today’s Operational Spaces Barely Captured in Law. In C. Landfried (Ed.), Judicial Power: How Constitutional Courts Affect Political Transformations (pp. 365-383).Feb. 2019, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • "The Global City: Strategic Site, New Frontier." Chapter in Moving Cities - Contested Views on Urban Life. Springer. 
  • Our Epoch’s Little Banishments
  • "In Contrast #33 The Global City", New England Public Radio November 2018.
  • "Welcome to a New Kind of War: the Rise of Endless Urban Conflict", The Guardian, January 30 2018.
  • "Deep Inside the Global City", The Guardian January 2018.
  • "Embedded borderings: making new geographies of centrality", Territory, Politics, Governance, March 2017.
  • "Predatory Formations Dressed in Wall Street Suits and Algorithmic Math", Science, Technology & Society, February 2017.
  • "'One of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK': Saskia Sassen on Manchester", City Metric, June 2017.
  • "A Third Space: Neither Fully Urban nor Fully of the Biosphere", Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, May 2017.
  • "Home economics: Book Review on Jane Jacobs Biographies", The Times Literary Supplement, March 2017.
  • "Why The Paris Attacks May Signal A Shift In Extremist Violence", Huffington Post, January 2017.
  • "Is Rohingya persecution caused by business interests rather than religion?", The Guardian, January 2017.
  • "Land Grabs Are Partly To Blame For Skyrocketing Violence In Central America?", Huffington Post, January 2017.
  • "Finance and business services in New York City: international linkages and domestic effects."
  • Chapter in Deindustrialization and Regional Economic Transformation. Routledge.
  • "Can Cities Help Us Hack Formal Power Systems?", The Architect's Newspaper, August 2017.
  • "Digitization And Work: Potentials and Challenges in Low-Wage Labor Markets", Open Society.
  • Sassen on "What’s the Greatest Risk Cities Face?", Politico Magazine, July/August 2017.
  • Interview at the Moscow Urban Forum: "Extraction & inaction? Ft. Dutch-American sociologist Saskia Sassen?", RT, July 2017.
  • "A world unified by the golden rule: expropriation" (an interview with Saskia Sassen), il manifesto, March 2017.
  • “I think we need more cities: Saskia Sassen”, The Hindu, February 2017.
  • “Saskia Sassen en La Historia es Nuestra”, Cooperativa, January 2017.
  • Global Networks, Linked Cities. Routledge. 
  • "Top-Down, Bottom-Up Urban Design" by Elizabeth Greenspan, The New Yorker, October 2016.
  • "Die Reichen möchten in der Stadt nicht belästigt warden (The Rich do not want to be bothered in the city)", Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 2016.
  • "We have entered a new era that the language of inequality cannot capture", The Journal of Turkish Weekly, February 2016.
  • "How Jane Jacobs changed the way we look at cities", The Guardian, May 2016.
  • Sassen, S. 2016. Global Networks, Linked Cities. Routledge.