Basak Kus is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, and Co-Chair of the College of Social Studies.

Professor Kus completed her PhD at UC-Berkeley. 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 scholarship and teaching interests include sociology of the state, political economy, and law and society.

She is currently completing a book manuscript looking at the evolution of the state-finance relationship since the early 1970s as the backdrop to the US financial crisis, and the political developments that emerged in its aftermath.     

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