Saskia Sassen es profesora titular de la cátedra de sociología Helen y Robert Lynd en la Universidad de Columbia y miembro del Comité de Pensamiento Global. Entre sus más importantes publicaciones, se encuentran “Territorio, Autoridad y Derechos” (2006), y “Una sociología de la globalización” (2008) entre numerosos libros y artículos académicos. Trabajó para la UNESCO en un proyecto sobre asentamientos humanos sostenibles, para el que creó una red de investigadores y activistas en más de 30 países. Es miembro de diversos consejos editoriales y asesora de diversos organismos internacionales. Es Miembro del Conejo de Relaciones Exteriores, del Panel sobre Ciudades de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias y fue Presidenta del Comité de Tecnologías de la Información y Cooperación Internacional del Consejo de Investigación de Ciencias Sociales (EEUU). Ha escrito para The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, The International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, La Vanguardia, Clarín, Financial Times entre otros.

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Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government. She has received Doctor Honoris Causa from DePaul University (Chicago) where she also gave the commencement address, Delft University (Netherlands), Universite de Poitiers (France), the Royal Stockholm Technical University (Sweden), Ghent University (Belgium), Warwick University (UK), Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), Universidad de Murcia (Spain), European University Institute (Florence), Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (both from Argentina), Universidad de Valencia (Spain). She was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences in 2013, selected for membership to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier du Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government. Other honors and prizes from bodies representing diverse disciplines in the social sciences, include most recently Honorary Geographer (2011) by the American Geographers Association,  Eminent Development Scholar (2012) by the International Studies Association, Eminent Scholar in Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies (2014) by the International Studies Association. She has delivered many named lectures, among them the 1994 Henry Luce Lecture at Clark University, the 1995 Memorial Schoff Lectures at Columbia University, the 1997 LeFrak Lecture at the University of Maryland, the 1999 Georg Simmel Lectures at Humboldt University (Berlin), the 2000 Theodore Hesburgh Lectures on Politics and Ethics at the University of Notre Dame, the 2005 Sherril Lecture at the Yale University Law School, the 2010 Coulson lecture at Oxford University, The Luhman Lecture at  Bielefeld University, The Storrs Lectures in Jurisprudence and Philosophy at the Yale University Law School, and multiple named lectures at universities worldwide.