AnnaLee (Anno) Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean of the I School and Professor (I School and Dept. of City and Regional Planning)


Regional economic development, Entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley.


AnnaLee (Anno) Saxenian is Dean of the School of Information and she holds a joint faculty appointment in the School of Information and the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarship focuses on regional economies and the conditions under which people, ideas, and geographies combine and connect into hubs of economic activity. She is a member of the Apple Academic Advisory Board, and has served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (NSF-SBE). 

She is author of the internationally acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard, 1994) which argues that Silicon Valley’s adaptive capacity derives from it decentralized industrial and social structures that support rapid information exchange and innovation.  She is also the author of The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard, 2006), 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 has published widely in journals of economic geography, regional economic development, and industrial change. She holds a PhD from MIT, a Master's from U.C. Berkeley, and a BA from Williams College.

Something few people know about you?
I have two boys, Robbie, who is 20 years old and an awesome rugby player, and Jamie, who is 24, an avid photographer and fluent in Mandarin. You can check out his photos at

What keeps you up at night?
Trying to figure out how we'll all manage to fit in South Hall five years from now!

Current Research

AnnaLee Saxenian has made a career of studying regional economics and the conditions under which people, ideas, and geographies combine and connect into hubs of economic activity. She has examined the development of Silicon Valley and its domestic counterparts, as well as the growth of global networks linking Silicon Valley to dynamic regions in Asia and beyond. More recent projects have focused on the development of the information technology industries in Finland.  


BA, Williams College, Economics, 1976
MCP, UC Berkeley, City & Regional Planning, 1980
Ph.D., MIT, Political Science, 1989

Last updated:

June 20, 2019