Boris Vormann is a professor in political science at Freie Universität’s John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies and an associated researcher at the Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Études Québécoises et Canadiennes (CRÉQC), Université du Québec à Montréal. Vormann has held visiting positions at the CUNY Graduate Center, Harvard University, New York University and Sciences Po. He has lectured widely, in Germany and abroad, including talks and seminars in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Jordan. His research and teaching concentrate on key aspects of global governance, focusing specifically on the relationship between urbanization and globalization; changes in state-market relations and federalism as well as nations and nationalism. Vormann is a regular commentator on public policy debates for different media outlets (incl. ARD, Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandfunk, and NPR Berlin). His most recent books are Global Port Cities in North America: Urbanization Processes and Global Production Networks from Routledge (2015) and a handbook on politics and policy in the United States for a German-speaking audience (Springer VS, 2016). Vormann was the first political scientist to receive the Fulbright American Studies Award from the German Fulbright Commission in 2015. His current project examines the role of states in building the urban infrastructures of expanding global trade networks across the globe.