Richard Sennett trained at the University of Chicago and at Harvard University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. He then moved to New York where, in the 1970s he founded, with Susan Sontag and Joseph Brodsky, The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. In the 1980s he served as an advisor to UNESCO and as president of the American Council on Work; he also taught occasionally at Harvard. In the mid 1990s Mr. Sennett began to divide his time between New York University and the London School of Economics .
He is professor of sociology at the LSE, university professor of the humanities at NYU, and distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge.
His books include The Fall of Public Man, The Corrosion of Character, The Craftsman and Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation.