Basak Kus is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. 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 courses in the areas of public policy, political economy, and research methods at the University College Dublin.

Professor Kus obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BA in Management from Bogazici University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Istanbul. She serves on the editorial board of Socio-Economic Review

Her academic interests focus on:

  • state-market relations in a comparative and historical perspective
  • credit and the politics of inequality 
  • the political economy of financialization
  • sociology of regulation and risk governance
  • economic crises and policy reform
  • political economic thought (intellectual debates about limited government, income and wealth distribution, regulation of markets, taxation, and consumer protection.
  • law and society