Basak Kus is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. She has studied, conducted research, and taught in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bogazici University in Istanbul, and obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Her research areas include comparative capitalisms, inequality and class politics, neoliberal reforms, law and economy, finance and society, politics of economic crises, politics of debt, and economic development. She also writes about Turkish politics.

Prior to joining Wesleyan in 2012, she held postdoctoral appointments at Princeton’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, and Yale’s MacMillan Center for International Studies. Between 2010 and 2012 she lived in Ireland, and taught political economy, public policy, and research methods at the University College in Dublin.

Professor Kus serves on the editorial boards of Socio-Economic Review  and International Journal of Comparative Sociology. Previously, she served as the Editor of Policy Trajectories.

Courses taught at Wesleyan: Rethinking Capitalism; Political Sociology; Social Mobility, Politics and Morals; Sociology of Markets; Sociological Analysis; Introduction to Sociology