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, research methods, and introduction to sociology.
Prior to joining Wesleyan Kus held postdoctoral appointments at Princeton University’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 at the University College-Dublin.
Kus’ research is located at the intersection of economic sociology, political sociology, political economy, and public policy. She has written on neoliberal reforms, the welfare state, inequality and redistributive politics, financialization, household indebtedness, labor unions, and the informal economy.
Kus has several papers under review at the moment. In these papers she explores 1) the cross-nationally varying patterns of household indebtedness, 2) the link between consumption and inequality politics, 3) the political discovery of consumer financial protection in the US, and 4) the rise of étatist policies in late developers (the Turkish case).
2013. Kus, Basak. “Consumer Welfare and Redistributive Politics: The Effect of Credit and China.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54(3).
2013. Kus, Basak. “Credit, consumption, and debt: Comparative perspectives” International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54(3).
2012. Kus, Basak. “Financialization and Income Inequality in OECD Countries: 1995-2007” Economic and Social Review.43/4.
2010. Kus, Basak. “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, Basak. “Neoliberalism, Institutional Change and the Welfare State: The Case of Britain and France.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 47/6.
Forthcoming. Kus, Basak, Brian Nolan and Chris Whelan. “Material Deprivation and Consumption.” Oxford Handbook of Society and Poverty, edited by David Brady and Linda Burton, Oxford University Press.
2013. Kus, Basak. “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.