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, and her BA at Bogazici University in Istanbul. 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 political sociology, political economy, and sociology of law.

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

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