Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

News Articles and Commentary


Video: "Uneven Growth: Saskia Sassen", MoMA Multimedia, December, 2014.

"The best architecture books of 2014", The Guardian, December 7, 2014.

Video, "Keynote: Who owns the city? - Urban Age Governing Urban Futures conference", UrbanAge, November 20, 2014.

"De las penumbras a la luz", El Universal, November 3, 2014.

"Review: "Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy", Columbia University Journal of Politics & Society, October 1, 2014.

"Entretien avec SASKIA SASSEN: « La mondialisation, l’État et les classes moyennes modestes »", Economia, October, 2014.

"Festival of Ideas - European Forum Alpbach 2014", Alpach Media Academy, September 6, 2014.

Whatchado of Saskia Sassen, Whatcha Do, July 15, 2014.

Cover, Mesele, June 2014 Issue, June, 2014.

Book Review - Expulsions, The Cranky Sociologists, June 2, 2014.

Excerpt from Expulsions - "Countdown to oblivion: The real reason we can't stop global warming", Saskia Sassen, Salon, May 18, 2014.

"What Are Cities Trying to Tell People?", Mobility Lab, April 30, 2014.

"Las ciudades del mañana", El Espectador, April 7, 2014.

"The rise of the global capital", Financial Times, May 30, 2014.

"Urban Influencers: Six Women Making Things Happen in Cities", Next City, March 8, 2014.


"Saskia Sassen «La ville est un espace intéressant pour définir une politique»", l'Humanité.fr, July 22, 2013.

"Forum on Space", BBC, August 4, 2013.

Video: "Unlimited Migration in a Limited World, Saskia Sassen", ecapio, September 3, 2013.

"Global protest grows as citizens lose faith in politics and the state", The Guardian, June 22, 2013.

"At the End of the System", De Groene Amsterdammer, June 18, 2013.

"Europe, Wake Up (Europei, alzate la testa)",, May 23, 2013. [Spanish]

"Sassen, la intelectual de la "ciudad global", ganó el Príncipe de Asturias", Revista de Cultura, May 16, 2013.

"Dutch-American sociologist wins Spanish social sciences prize", global post, May 15, 2013.

"Saskia Sassen, favorita en Ciencias Sociales",, May 15, 2013.

"La socióloga Saskia Sassen, Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Ciencias Sociales 2013",, May 15, 2013.

"Saskia Sassen scoops Spain's Asturias award for Social Sciences", euronews, May 15, 2013.

Lecture in Sheik Zayed Theter, London School of Economics, May 13, 2013.

"The Foreigner? Saskia Sasssen Unravels What It Now Means To Be "Other"", Arrival City Film, May 11, 2013.

"Ciudad y frontera", Arquine, April 18, 2013.

"Les penseurs de la société", Grand Dossier, Sciences Humaines (France), February 28, 2013.

"The merits of an unfinished city", Opinion, February, 19, 2013.


"Zawia volume00: CHANGE", issuu, 2012.

"The smart city is all about people", The Networked Society Blog, December 13, 2012.

"Our Top 10 Female Theoriticians of Spatial Theory", Die Architektin, November 11, 2012.

"A breath of fresh air for public spaces", Financial Times, October 26, 2012.

"American sociologist Saskia Sassen on expulsion and democracy", Literair Nederland, October 24, 2012.

"Les villes globales en état de guerre", Société, September 20, 2012.

Video: "The Global Street: Making the Political", Subversive festival, May, 2012.

Sassen part of the jury: "Young Colombian social scientist wins 1st UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize for research on youth violence", UNESCOPRESS, March 12, 2012.

"Live Blog: Saskia Sassen, "Immigrants and Citizens in the Global City", Archinect Blogs, March 2, 2012.


"Ciudad y Globalizacion", Quito, Ecuador: FLACSO, 2011.

"Autour des métropoles africaines", Le Soir, November 2, 2011

"The State of Things: Saskia Sassen", Abitare, October 17, 2011

"9/11 in the Arts: An Anniversary Guide", The New York Times, August 25, 2011.

"Maria, Of The Garbage Pickers: Cartonera-in-Chief", Forbes, April 19, 2011.

"Curfew in the Favela", Forbes, April 8, 2011.

"The Berlusconi in Us All: Bunga Bunga's Real Meaning", The Atlantic, April 6, 2011.

"Long Live the Industrial City", The Wilson Quarterly, Spring, 2011.

"La Salada: The Largest Informal Market In South America", Forbes, March 28, 2011.

"The Global City and the Global Slum", Forbes, March 22, 2011.

"Talking Back to Your Intelligent City", McKinsey, February 1, 2011.


Speaker, "Intro: Bridging the Ecologies of Cities and of the Biosphere", Cities And Eco-Crises Conference, Columbia University, October 1, 2010. Schedule, Speaker Bios

"Cities are at the center of our environmental future", S.A.P.I.EN.S, Vol 2, Issue 3, 2010.

"Die Slums Der Megastadte", The European, July 11, 2010.

"Thinking Globally: Sassen Named to Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought", The Record, September 27, 2010.


"Obama and Volcker: Economic Solutions, Good; Summers and Geithner: Financial Solutions, Not Good." Huffington Post, January 27th, 2009.

"Beyond Party Politics: The New President and the Growth of Executive Power". Dissent Magazine, Winter 2009.

Speaker, Cities and the New Wars event, The Committee on Global Thought, September 25, 2009. Schedule, Poster


"Cities and New Wars: After Mumbai". Open Democracy News Analysis, November 29, 2008.

"A Bad Idea: Using a Financial Solution to the Financial Crisis". Huffington Post, November 24, 2008.

"When local housing crisis becomes a global disaster", Business and Economy, October 2, 2008.

"The new new deal". Open Democracy News Analysis, September 23, 2008.

"Sharp-Elbowed Cities: Why Europe and Asia are overtaking American in the Race to Create New Hubs of World Commerce". Newsweek, September 6, 2008.

"Nurturing Asia's World Cities", Far Eastern Economic Review, vol. 171(4), 2008.

"Inhabited Infrastructure: Recoding Homogenized Built Environments as Infrastructure". luav, vol. 49, April 2008.


"Pakistan's two worlds: Pervez Musharraf's crackdown on lawyers has oddly left little trace on Lahore, where residents continue to travel, shop and party". The Guardian, November 7, 2007.

[with Richard Sennett] "The war on shapeless terror: There seems to be no rational basis for the arrest of a group of German sociologists, and the case highlights the fragility of our civil liberties." The Guardian, August 20, 2007.

[with Richard Sennett] "Guantánamo in Germany: In the name of the war on terror, our colleagues are being persecuted - for the crime of sociology." The Guardian, August 21, 2007.

"Globalisation, the state and the democratic deficit". `Open Democracy New Analysis, July 18, 2007.


"Cities at the Intersection of New Histories", in Urban Age, November 2006.

"Migration policy: from control to governance". Open Democracy News Analysis, July 12, 2006.

"How Population Lies: True, big cities no longer draw big numbers. But that doesn't mean their power is slipping too." Newsweek, July 3, 2006.

"Global Investor Saskia Sassen: Why Hong Kong is Happening". Newsweek, July 31, 2006.


"A different take on the female public intellectual "problem"", Daniel W. Drezner, Foreign Policy, February 22, 2005.

"The U.S. in a time of global conflict: challenges we face beyond war." Contexts, vol.4(2), 2005.


"The Migration Fallacy". The Financial Times, December 26, 2004.

"We seem to have forgotten history." The Guardian, February 26, 2004.


"New lords of Africa: Global protests did help poor countries over drugs and AIDS. But the counterattack has begun." The Guardian, July 9, 2003.

"Iraq War Blowback", The Nation, February 3, 2003.

"How Downtown Can Stand Tall and Step Lively Again", New York Times, January 26, 2003.


"Is this the way to go?: Handling immigration in a global era." Eurozine, Sept. 17, 2002.


"How Should the Left Respond to Globalization??", Dissent, vol.48(1): 13-14.

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