Analee Saxenian joined the Department of City and Regional Planning in 1989. In 2000, Saxenian was appointed as the professor in the School of Information Management and Systems, where she currently serves as the Dean from 2004. She continues to teach in both departments while also serving as the board of advisors of the National Science Foundation Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and a member of the Apple Academic Advisory Board. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she was a visiting professor and senior fellow at Stanford University, Research Associate and Graduate Teaching Fellow at Harvard, Instructor in the Department of Urban Studies in MIT, and a lecturer at Chinese University of Hong Kong. Saxenian also served as a consultant in the United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations.
Saxenian has published articles, books, and papers that focus on entrepreneurship, information policy, and technology for developing regions. She is renowned for her book Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128, which examines the development of Silicon Valley and its global networks.
Saxenian holds a doctorate degree in political science from MIT, master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley, and bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College.