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Begüm Adalet is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. She is the author of Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey (Stanford University Press, 2018), which locates the making and travel of modernization as a theory and practice between Turkey and the United States during the early phases of the Cold War. Her research on the transnational dimensions of James Baldwin's non-fictional writings has appeared in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Her current project explores the relationship between land reform, population management, and territoriality. Before coming to Cornell, she was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University and Instructor in the Politics Department at Ithaca College. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania with specializations in political theory and comparative politics. She also holds an MA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA from Swarthmore College.