Basak Kus (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University.

Prior to joining Wesleyan, she held postdoctoral appointments in political economy 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 lectured in public policy and political economy at the University College in Dublin where she was also a Research Fellow of the Geary Institute for Public Policy, and the Center for Regulation and Governance.

Professor Kus was born and raised in Turkey. She obtained her BA in Management from Bogazici University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences.

Research areas: Comparative Capitalisms; Inequality and Redistributive Politics; Financialization; Credit markets and debt; Politics of Market Regulation; Economic Crises and Policy Change;Welfare Reform; Labor Movements; Political Economy of Turkey

Teaching areas: Sociology of Markets; Comparative Political Economy; Political Sociology; Research Methods;  Social Mobility and Inequality; Public Policy.

Professor Kus is spending the 2015-2016 Academic Year as a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale University. 

Recent Publications

2016.  Kus, B., Brian Nolan and Chris Whelan. “Material Deprivation and Consumption.” The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society, edited by David Brady and Linda Burton, Oxford University Press.

2015. Kus, B. and Wen Fan. “Income Inequality, Credit and Public Support for Redistribution.Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy.

2015. Kus, B. “Sociology of debt: States, credit markets, and indebted citizens“, Sociology Compass.

2015. Kus, B. “Weak States, Unruly Capitalists, and the Rise of Etatism in Late Developers: The Case of TurkeyBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

2014. Kus, B. The Informal Road to Markets: Neoliberal Reforms, Private Entrepreneurship and the Informal Economy in Turkey. International Journal of Social Economics.

2013.  Kus, B.Consumption and Redistributive Politics: The Effect of Credit and China.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

2013.  Kus, B. “Credit, consumption, and debt: Comparative perspectives International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

2013.  Kus, B. “Neoliberal Reforms, Regulatory Change and the Informal Economy: The Case of Turkey from a Comparative Perspective” in Securing Livelihoods: Informal Economy Practices and Institutions, edited by F. Lapeyre, A Lemaitre and I. Hillenkamp, Oxford University Press.

2012. Kus, B. Financialization and Income Inequality in OECD Countries: 1995-2007 Economic and Social Review.43/4.

2010.  Kus, B. “Regulatory Governance and the Informal Economy: Cross-National Comparisons, Socio-Economic Review. 8/3.

2010. Kus, Basak and Isik Ozel.United We Restrain, Divided We Rule: Neoliberalism and Labor Unions in Turkey and Mexico European Journal of Turkish Studies

2006.  Kus, B.Neoliberalism, Institutional Change and the Welfare State: The Case of Britain and France.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology.  (Best Article Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Global Division, 2006)

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