M.A. Thesis:  Untouchability of the Rural in the Urban:  Dispossession, Decay, and the Emergence of Squatting as a Form of Resistance in Newark
A thesis submitted to The New School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in International Affairs.
Newark, New Jersey and New York, New York USA [May 2014]


Sara Bissen. “At the Limits.” The Inge Morath Foundation. Magnum Photos. (June 15, 2012)

Sara Bissen. Topsoil. Defiance-San Andrés Itzapa-Newark-Istanbul:  Artena Anarchist Press, 2015. ISBN 978-88-940505-0-9.

Sara Bissen. “Guatemala is Stillness.” International Society of Biourbanism. September 1, 2015.

Sara Bissen, Samantha Clements. “Bastardized and Idealized:  The Rural in the Urban.” Cities+Secrets, 5. October 2015.

Sara Bissen. “The City Smells of Decay.” Journal of Biourbanism, 1&2/2014 [2015]. January 15, 2016. ISSN 2240-2535.

Sara Bissen, Mauro Quagliati, & Stefano Serafini. “Il cadavere della rivoluzione non va in onda. Istanbul. Passione, Gioia, Furore.” Megachip, Democrazia nella Comunicazione. May 11, 2016 & Società Internazionale di Biourbanistica May 15, 2016.

Sara Bissen. “1067 PacificPeople—the Sociality of WeedsInternational Society of Biourbanism. December 19, 2016.

Sara Bissen. “Newark—On Heterogenesis of Urban Decay” International Society of Biourbanism. January 15, 2017.

Sara Bissen. “Kevin Blythe Sampson—“Newark is in danger because of its realness, power, and history.”” Newark Withheld Artists Series. International Society of Biourbanism. January 15, 2017.

Sara Bissen. “Gladys Barker Grauer—”Newark sensed it.”” Newark Withheld Artists Series. International Society of Biourbanism. February 1, 2017.

Sara Bissen. “Cesar Melgar—”Razing history to make surface lots is a famous Newark administration pastime.”” Newark Withheld Artists Series. International Society of Biourbanism. February 20, 2017.

Sara Bissen. “James Wilson—Newark, “when it’s your hood then you’ve never felt more at home.”” Newark Withheld Artists Series. International Society of Biourbanism. August 29, 2017.

Sara Bissen. The Ruralist Body.

Sara Bissen. Portfolio and Essays.


Sara Bissen, Stefano Serafini, “The City Smells:  Biophilic Design, Soil, Financial Dispossession.” Contribution to Heroes, Maratea, Italy, September 22, 2017.

Sara Bissen, Samantha Clements, “Bastardized and Idealized:  Urban Farms as Imagined Rural Oases.” Contribution to the Re-Imagining Rurality Conference, Expanded Territories, ARENA Architectural Research Network, University of Westminister, London, United Kingdom, February 27—28, 2015.

Sara Bissen. The Ruralist Body. Contribution to Temporary Rural Projects in the City Workshop  / Interim Spaces and Creative Use at the Re-Imagining Rurality Conference, University of Westminister, London, United Kingdom, March 1, 2015.

Sara Bissen, Stefano Serafini, Body in Ruins. “The Story of Dhumavati:  Lived From the Homes and Bodies Where the Rural Overlooks the Urban.” The Ruralist Body with the International Society of Biourbanism, Artena, Italy, April 19, 2015.


Parsons The New School for Design, School of Design Strategies
Teaching/Research Assistant, Design and Urban Ecologies
New York USA [2012—2013]

The New School Milano International Field Program
Göç-Der Migrants’ Association for Social Cooperation and Culture

Istanbul Turkey [2013]

The Observatory on Latin America at The New School
Program Associate
New York USA [2012—2013]

United Nations Global Alliance
Team Consultant
New York USA [2012]

Peace Corps Guatemala
Sustainable Agriculture
San Andrés Itzapa Guatemala [2008—2011]

The Art Newspaper, Umberto Allemandi & Co. Publishing
Advertising Executive, North and South America
New York USA [2006—2008]

Robert Steele Gallery
New York USA [2002—2006]


Covenant House
Newark, New Jersey USA [2014]

Nişantaşı, Istanbul Turkey [2014]

Cihangir Yoga 50-Hour 6-Month Staj/Internship and Mentorship with İpek Soygür, Chris Chavez and Zeyneb Uras
Cihangir Yoga, Istanbul Turkey [2014—2015]

Body In Ruins with the International Society of Biourbanism
Artena, Italy, Piazza della Resistenza [April 2015]

Yeldeğirmeni Kadıköy
Art Studio
Kadıköy, Istanbul Turkey [2015]

The Cihangir Yoga Advanced Teacher Training
Master Intensive #1 with Chris Chavez [May 20—24, 2015]
Master Intensive #2 with Chris Chavez [November 11—15, 2015]
Cihangir Yoga, Istanbul, Turkey

ShaktiYoga New York RYT 200-Hour Teacher Training with Julie Dohrman
Bend & Bloom Yoga
Brooklyn, New York USA [2013—2014]

The Teachers Lab with Julie Dohrman
ShaktiYoga New York
New York, New York USA [2014]

Applied Psychology for Yogis with Livia Cohen-Shapiro from Ecstatic Unfoldment
9-Month Mentorship [2015—2016]
Embodied Psychology for Yogis [2015]
Emotional Literacy for Yogis [2014]
Dirty Little Secrets: The Dark Side of Yoga, Enlightened Living and Living in the Light [2014]
How To Keep Your Shit Together (And Help Everyone Around You) [2014]