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Begum Adalet

Faculty Fellow of Near Eastern Studies

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Intellectual History, Cold War, US in the Middle East, Turkey, International Development, Infrastructure, Transnational History


Begum Adalet received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania with specializations in political theory and comparative politics. She held an ACLS/Mellon Completion Fellowship in 2013. She also received a BA from Swarthmore College and an MA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Adalet is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the construction of modernization theory in a series of social scientific, infrastructural, and architectural laboratories in Turkey during the early phases of the Cold War. While at the Kevorkian Center, she will be working on new projects examining the New International Economic Order of the 1970s and contemporary changes in developmental aid regimes, as former recipients become donors.

Select Publications

  • "Modernizing Measures: US Experiments in Turkey" (book manuscript in preparation)
  • "Questions of Modernization: Coding Speech, Regulating Attitude in Survey Research" Comparative Studies in Society and History (October 2015, forthcoming) 
  • "The Production of Modernization: Daniel Lerner, Mass Media, and ‘The Passing of Traditional Society’ by Hemant Shah." Book Review, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45 (4), November 2013
Updated on 09/16/2015