Basak Kus is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, and Co-Chair of the College of Social Studies (CSS).

She completed her PhD in Sociology at UC-Berkeley. Before joining Wesleyan, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Yale and Princeton universities, and as a lecturer at University College Dublin in Ireland. Her areas of scholarship and teaching areas include economy and society, political sociology, and sociology of law.

Professor Kus is currently completing a book manuscript looking at the evolution of the state-finance relationship since the early 1970s as the backdrop to the US financial crisis, and the political developments that emerged in its aftermath.     

She lives in New Haven. Having grown up in Turkey, she constantly misses the Mediterranean, but she is happy to have settled in New England.