About Dean Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian (Anno) is dean and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. She is the author of the globally acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard, 1994), which explains the innovative dynamism of Silicon Valley through a comparison with its East Coast counterpart. She currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation's Directorate on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science.

Saxenian's latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006), examines how immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley have transferred technology and entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries, from Taiwan and Israel to China and India. The lesson for policymakers is that instead of seeking to "grow the next Silicon Valley," in isolation they should build entrepreneurial and business connections to other dynamic regional economies. Saxenian's other publications include Silicon Valley's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999) and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002).

She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master's in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College.