Basak Kus (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. 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 where she was also a Fellow of the Geary Institute for Public Policy.
Professor Kus was born and raised in Turkey. She obtained her BA in Management from Bogazici University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.
Research areas: Comparative Capitalisms, Sociological Study of Markets, Inequality and Redistributive Politics, Welfare States, Labor Movements, Political Economy of Turkey, Economic History.
Teaching areas: Sociology of Markets, Political Sociology, Political Economy, Social Mobility and Inequality, Research Methods.
Forthcoming. Kus, B. “Sociology of debt: States, credit markets, and indebted citizens.” Sociology Compass.
Forthcoming. Kus, B., 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. “Weak States, Unruly Capitalists, and the Rise of Etatism in Late Developers: The Case of Turkey” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.
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.
2008. Kus, B. “Rational Choice Theory” and “Underground Economy” in Encyclopedia of Social Problems edited by Vince Parrillo. Sage Publications, CA.
2007. Kus, B. Review of Corporate Governance Lessons from Transition Economy Reforms by Merritt B. Fox and Michael Heller (eds.) Law and Politics Book Review. 17/2.
2006. Kus, B. “Neoliberalism, Institutional Change and the Welfare State: The Case of Britain and France.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 47/6. (Best Article Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Global Division, 2006)
2006. Kus, B. Review article: State and Economy in the Ottoman Empire by Mehmet Genc, and The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World by Kenneth Pomeranz. International Sociology. 21/3.