Sharon Zukin is professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has written a trilogy of books about recent changes in New York City: Loft Living (1982), The Cultures of Cities (1995) and Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places (2010), and has just completed work on a collective book on the reshaping of local shopping streets in global cities. She won the C. Wright Mills Award for her book Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World.