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Begüm Adalet

Assistant Professor

Begüm Adalet

201 White Hall
ba375@cornell.edu

Overview

Begüm Adalet is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. She is a political theorist with research and teaching interests in anticolonial thought, transnationalism, the Cold War, development, the built environment, and the Middle East. She is the author of Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey (Stanford). Her writings have also appeared in Political Theory; Comparative Studies in Society and History; Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; and Public Books.

Departments/Programs

  • Government
  • Society for the Humanities

Courses

Fall 2021

Publications

Book

  • Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey, Stanford University Press, 2018

-Named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice (2018)

-Middle East Political Economy Book Prize (2019), Honorable Mention

Selected Articles, Chapters, and Public Writing

  • Infrastructures of Decolonization: Frantz Fanon and Scales of Worldmaking” Political Theory, forthcoming
  • “Transnational Constructions of Social Scientific Personae during the Cold War,” Cold War Social Science: International and Transnational Entanglements, eds. Mark Solovey and Christian Day (Palgrave), forthcoming
  • “Mediating the Kennedy Presidency: James Baldwin’s Decade in Turkey,” Globalizing the U.S. Presidency: Postcolonial Views of John F. Kennedy, ed. Cyrus Schayegh, Bloomsbury Series “New Approaches to International History,” 2020
  • “James Baldwin, Here and Elsewhere” (Review of Eddie Glaude’s Begin Again) Public Books, 2020
  • “Tensions, terrors, tenderness: James Baldwin’s Politics of Comparison,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 38 (3), December, 2018
  • “It’s not yours if you can’t get there”: Mobility and State-making in Turkey. The Funambulist Magazine: Politics of Space and Bodies, 17, May-June issue on Weaponized Infrastructure, 2018
  • “Questions of Modernization: Coding Speech, Regulating Attitude in Survey Research” Comparative Studies in Society and History 57 (4), October, 2015