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Begüm Adalet received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania with specializations in political theory and comparative politics. She is the author of Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey (Stanford University Press, forthcoming), which locates the making and enactment of modernization as a theory and in practice in Turkey during the early phases of the Cold War. Her current research interests include the transnational dimensions of James Baldwin's non-fictional writing, and a project on the relationship between land reform, mobility, and territoriality. Before coming to Cornell, she was an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University.