Associate professor, Wesleyan University

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

Prior to joining Wesleyan, 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-Dublin where she was also a Fellow of the Geary Institute for Public Policy.

Professor Kus serves on the editorial boards of Socio-Economic Review and International Journal of Comparative Sociology. She is the former editor of Policy Trajectories.

Her research focuses on the following areas:

- 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)
- political economy of Turkey


  • 2017–present
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University
  • 2012–2017
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University


  • 2008 
    University of California- Berkeley, PhD in Sociology