Basak Kus is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. She has studied, conducted research, and taught in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bogazici University in Istanbul, and obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Her research areas include neoliberal reforms; politics of inequality; finance and society; politics of economic crises; credit and debt; law, economy and regulatory politics. She also writes about Turkish politics.

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 political economy, public policy, and research methods at the University College in Dublin.

Professor Kus serves on the editorial boards of Socio-Economic Review  and International Journal of Comparative Sociology. Previously, she served as the Editor of Policy Trajectories.