16 November 2021 – In the third Global Middle East Seminar this fall, we will host Özlem Altan-Olcay and Evren Balta for a discussion of their new book, The American Passport in Turkey: National Citizenship in the Age of Transnationalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). Their work “explores the diverse meanings and values that people outside of the United States attribute to U.S. citizenship” and argues “that U.S. global power not only reveals itself in terms of foreign policy but also manifests in the active desires people have for U.S. citizenship, even when they do not intend to live in the United States.” Altan-Olcay and Balta won the American Sociological Association’s award for the best book by an international scholar. For our discussion, the authors will be joined by prominent legal scholar Amanda Frost, whose own book, You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers (Beacon Press, 2021), just came out earlier this year.

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