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Saskia Sassen

Research interest

Globalization Inequality Urban Sociology


Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought. Her most 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). In 2001, The Global City appeared in a new, fully updated edition. Her books have been translated into 21 languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (on behalf of Harvard University Press). She writes regularly for OpenDemocracy and The Huffington Post.


  • Ph.D., Notre Dame, 1974


  • Sassen, S. 2018. 'The Global City: Strategic Location, New Frontier.' Chapter in Moving Cities - Controversial Views on Urban Life. Springer.
  • Sassen, S. 2017. 'Financial and Corporate Services in New York City: International Connections and National Implications.' Chapter in Deindustrialization and regional economic transformation. Routledge.
  • Neither legal nor illegal: Today's business premises are hardly ever legally covered. 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 location, new frontier.' Chapter in Moving Cities - Controversial Views on Urban Life. Jumper.
  • The little exiles of our epoch
  • 'Contrasted # 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, Jan. 30, 2018.
  • „Deep Inside the Global City“, The Guardian Januar 2018.
  • „Embedded Borderings: Making New Geographies of Centrality“, Territory, Politics, Governance, März 2017.
  • „Predatory Formations Dressed in Wall Street Suits and Algorithmic Math“, Science, Technology & Society, Februar 2017.
  • '' One of the UK's most culturally diverse cities ': Saskia Sassen on Manchester', City Metric, June 2017.
  • „A Third Space: Weder Fully Urban noch Fully of the Biosphere“, Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, Mai 2017.
  • “Housekeeping: Book Review of 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 the persecution of the Rohingya being caused by business interests rather than religion?' The Guardian, January 2017.
  • 'Are Land Grabbing Partly Responsible for the Explosive Violence in Central America?' Huffington Post, January 2017.
  • 'Financial and Business Services in New York City: International Connections and Domestic Impact.'
  • Chapter in de-industrialization and regional economic transformation. Routledge.
  • 'Can cities help us hack formal energy systems?', The Architect’s Newspaper, August 2017.
  • 'Digitization and Work: Potentials and Challenges in Low-Wage Labor Markets', Open Society.
  • Sassen on “What is the greatest risk to cities?” Politico Magazine, July / August 2017.
  • Interview at the Moscow Urban Forum: “Extraction & Inaction? Ft. The Dutch-American sociologist Saskia Sassen? ”, RT, July 2017.
  • “A world united by the golden rule: expropriation” (an interview with Saskia Sassen), il Manifest, March 2017.
  • I think we need more cities: Saskia Sassen, The Hindu, February 2017.
  • Saskia Sassen in La Historia es Nuestra, Cooperativa, Januar 2017.
  • Global networks, connected cities. Routledge.
  • „Top-Down, Bottom-Up Urban Design“ von Elizabeth Greenspan, The New Yorker, Oktober 2016.
  • '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 grasp,” 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, connected cities. Routledge.

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