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Ali holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy from Bogaziçi University, Istanbul and a master’s in English and Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Warwick with an emphasis in Critical Theory. Ali’s primary area of research is the relation between Latin American fiction and biopolitics. His work has explored themes such as literary representations of eating; animals and monstrosity; post-dictatorship memory; and the political epistemology of detective fiction. Ali also has an active interest in late Ottoman and modern Turkish literature, and in cultural encounters between Latin America and the Middle East. He has presented a number of papers in the United States, Canada, and Spain on varied topics such as the biopolitics of the death penalty; animal habit and affect; postdictatorship memory; alterity in detective fiction; Turkish modernization; and disciplinary power in late Ottoman novel.