Dr. Ayşe Zarakol graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, USA with a B.A. in Political Science and Classical Studies. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for postgraduate studies where she received her MA and PhD in Political Science. Between 2007 and 2012, she was Assistant Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. She was selected as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow for the 2012-3 Academic Year. During the fellowship, she resided in Washington, DC, working at the US Congress as an analyst for the Congressional Research Service, Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Section. Since 2011, she has been a member of and a regular contributor to PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security). She joined both the University of Cambridge and Emmanuel College in 2013. Zarakol works on East-West relations in the international system, problems of modernity and sovereignty, rising and declining powers, and Turkish politics in a comparative perspective.