Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics

 News Articles and Commentary by Saskia Sassen

Overview of Work



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


"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.


"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.


"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.


“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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