Basak Kus is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bogazici University in Istanbul, and obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 at the University College in Dublin. Professor Kus serves on the editorial boards of Socio-Economic Review and International Journal of Comparative SociologyHer academic interests focus on:

  • state-market relations in a comparative-historical perspective
  • the rise of neoliberalism and its policy implications 
  • the rise of credit-reliant consumption and its impact on the politics of inequality
  • the political economy of financialization 
  • regulation of economic activity
  • economic crises and policy reform
  • history of political economic thought (intellectual debates about limited government, income and wealth distribution, social welfare, regulation of markets, taxation, and consumer protection)