Cihan Tekay is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Center and a Fellow at the Futures Initiative, where she serves as Assistant Director. She grew up in Turkey and currently lives in the Bronx, New York City. Cihan is currently writing her dissertation on the political economy of electrification in the late Ottoman Empire. More broadly, she is interested in understanding the effects of capitalism on people's relationships to each other and to their environment. She is a co-editor of the Turkey page for Jadaliyya, a public scholarship forum disseminating critical knowledge on the Middle East. Recently, she also started teaching as second faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, where she provides an anthropologist's perspective to discussions about economic systems.