Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic, and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Her books in these areas have included The Mobility of Labor and Capital; the Global City (Cambridge University Press, 1990) and Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press, 2006).
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. She has received a variety of awards and prizes, including several honorary degrees. She is the first recipient of the Distinguished Graduate School Alumnus Award of the University of Notre Dame and is one of the four winners of the first University of Chicago Future Mentor Award. She is a former Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, and is currently a fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University.