Basak Kus (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. She teaches courses on sociology of markets, political sociology, social mobility, and research methods. Prior to joining Wesleyan, she held postdoctoral appointments in political economy 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 public policy and political economy at the University College-Dublin.
Professor Kus has done research on neoliberal reforms, social policy, inequality, financialization, labor unions, and the informal economy. Her current projects examine 1) the link between consumption and income inequality, 2) politics of consumer protection in financial markets, and 3) the cross-nationally varying patterns of household indebtedness. Born and raised in Turkey, she is also interested in, and has written about, Turkish politics and political economy.
Forthcoming. Kus, B. “Weak States, Unruly Capitalists, and the Rise of Etatism in Late Developers: The Case of Turkey” British Journal of Middle East Studies.
Forthcoming. Kus, Basak, Brian Nolan and Chris Whelan. “Material Deprivation and Consumption.” The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society, edited by David Brady and Linda Burton, Oxford University Press.
2014. Kus, B. “The Informal Road to Markets: Neoliberal Reforms, Private Entrepreneurship and the Informal Economy in Turkey.” International Journal of Social Economics, 41/4.
2013. Kus, B. “Consumer Welfare and Redistributive Politics: The Effect of Credit and China.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54/3.
2013. Kus, B. “Credit, consumption, and debt: Comparative perspectives” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54/3.
2013. Kus, B. “Neoliberal Reforms, Regulatory Change and the Informal Economy: The Case of Turkey from a Comparative Perspective” in Securing Livelihoods: Informal Economy Practices and Institutions, edited by F. Lapeyre, A Lemaitre and I. Hillenkamp, Oxford University Press.
2012. Kus, B. “Financialization and Income Inequality in OECD Countries: 1995-2007” Economic and Social Review.43/4.
2010. Kus, B. “Regulatory Governance and the Informal Economy: Cross-National Comparisons,” Socio-Economic Review. 8/3.
2010. Kus, Basak and Isik Ozel. “United We Restrain, Divided We Rule: Neoliberalism and Labor Unions in Turkey and Mexico” European Journal of Turkish Studies. 11/1.
2006. Kus, B. “Neoliberalism, Institutional Change and the Welfare State: The Case of Britain and France.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 47/6.