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The American Passport in Turkey: National Citizenship in the Age of Transnationalism

The third GMES seminar this Fall will feature a discussion with Özlem Altan-Olcay and Evren Balta on the meanings and values of US citizenship for people outside of the United States.

Date & Time

Nov. 16, 2021
11:00am – 12:30pm ET




Özlem Altan-Olcay and Evren Balta’s new book, The American Passport in Turkey: National Citizenship in the Age of Transnationalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) “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 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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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program makes public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, facilitates scholarship based on those records, and uses these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform US foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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