Begüm Adalet

Assistant Professor


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, land, and the built environment. She is the author of Hotels and Highways: The Construction of Modernization Theory in Cold War Turkey (Stanford University Press, 2018), which locates the travels of developmental thought and infrastructures 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. 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 holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA from Swarthmore College.

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