Dra. Saskia Sassen
Universidad de Columbia
Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
Saskia Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.
In each of the three major projects that comprise her 20 years of research, Sassen starts with a thesis that posits the unexpected and the counterintuitive in order to cut through established “truths”.
Her first multi-year project led to The Mobility of Labor and Capital (Cambridge University Press 1988). Her thesis is that foreign investment in less developed countries can actually raise the likelihood of emigration if it goes to labor-intensive sectors and/or devastates the traditional economy; this went against established notions that such investment would retain potential emigrants.
Her second multi-year project led, among other publications, to The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991; 2nd ed 2001). Her thesis is that the global economy far from being placeless needs very specific territorial insertions, and that this need is sharpest in the case of highly globalized and digitized sectors such as finance; this went against established notions at the time that the global economy transcended territory and its associated regulatory umbrellas.
Her third multi-year project led to the award-winning Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2006). Her thesis is that today’s partial but foundational globalizations, from economic to cultural and subjective, take place largely inside core and thick national environments and institutions. This makes globalization partly invisible because it is dressed in the clothes of the national even as it denationalizes what was historically constructed as national.
Her current project, When Territory exits Existing Framings, is under contract with Harvard University Press.
In addition to her appointments at Columbia University, Saskia Sassen serves on several editorial boards and is an advisor to several international bodies. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. She has received a variety of awards and prizes, most recently, a Doctor honoris causa from Delft University (Netherlands), the first Distinguished Graduate School Alumnus Award of the University of Notre Dame, and was one of the four winners of the first University of Chicago Future Mentor Award covering all doctoral programs. She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International,Vanguardia, Clarin, and the Financial Times, among others.
Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press, 2nd ed. 2008)
A Sociology of Globalization (W.W. Norton, 2007)
Deciphering the Global: Its Scales, Spaces and Subjects (Routledge, 2007)
Digital Formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm [with Robert Lantham] (Princeton University Press, 2005)
Cities in a World Economy (Pine Forge Press, 3rd ed. 2003)
The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (Princeton University Press, 2nd ed. 2001)
The Mobility of Labor and Capital (Cambridge University Press, 1988)
Dr. Zaki Laïdi
Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences-Po)
Professeur invité aux universités Johns Hopkins - Bologne (1992-1995), Montréal (2001 & 2004), Genève (2003 & 2004) et Collège de Bruges (2004-2008); Luiss -Rome (2010-2011)
Commentateur sur France 24
Projets de recherche : L'Europe et le système international, Vers un "constructivisme tempéré", L'Europe: une puissance averse au risque, La solidarité énergétique en Europe.
Enseignement : Obama's Foreign Policy (Sciences Po- PSIA), Europe in a multipolar world (Sciences Po - spring semester), Séminaire doctoral de relations internationales CEE/CERI (en collaboration avec Christian Lequesne), Europe in a multipolar world (Luiss- Rome-autumn 2010)
Ouvrages individuels / Books Published
Le monde selon Obama, Stock, 2010, 288 pages.
Norms over Force. The Enigma of European Power, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 179 p.
La norme sans la force. L'énigme de la puissance européenne, Presses de Sciences Po 2008 (deuxième édition), 268 p.
Sortir du pessimisme social. Essai sur l'identité de la gauche, Hachette Litteratures / Presses de Sciences Po, coll. Télos, 2007, 239 p. (with Gérard Grunberg)
La Grande perturbation, Flammarion 2004, 473 p., Poche Flammarion, 2006, 473 p. (The great disruption, Cambridge. Polity, 2007)
Le sacre du présent, Paris, Flammarion, 2000, 278 p. (traduction portuguaise: A Chegagda do Homen-Presente, Lisbonne, Instituto Piaget, 2001), édition de Poche, Flammarion-Champs, 2002, 278 p.
La gauche à venir. Politique et mondialisation. L’Aube, 2001, 150 p.
Le sacre du Présent, Paris, Flammarion, 2000, 278 p. Portuguese translation : A Chegagda do Homen-Presente, Lisbonne, Instituto Piaget, 2001, 254 p.
La tyrannie de l'urgence, Montréal, Fides, 1999, 45 p.
Malaise dans la mondialisation, Paris, Textuel, 1997, 1998, 135 p.
Un Monde privé de sens, Paris, Fayard, 1994, 1996, 333 p. (traduction allemande: Eine Welt ohne Sinn, Presses Universitaires de Leipzig, 1997; traduction espagnole: Un mundo sin sentido, Mexico, Fondo de cultura economoca, 1998; traduction angalise: A world without meaning, London, Routledge, 1998, 225 p.)
Enquête sur la Banque Mondiale, Paris, Fayard, 1989, 358 p.
Les contraines d'une rivalité. Les Superpuissances et l'Afrique.1980-1958, Paris, La Découverte, 1986, 358 p. (traduction anglaise: Superpowers and Africa, University of Chicago Press, 1990, 258 p.)