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Associate Professor of Government, Wesleyan University

Basak Kus is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. Her areas of scholarship and teaching include political sociology, political economy, and sociology of law.

Professor Kus has studied, conducted research, and taught in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bogazici University (Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences) in Istanbul, and obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of California-Berkeley.

Prior to joining Wesleyan, she held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and at Yale’s MacMillan Center where she also taught in the International Studies graduate program. Between 2010 and 2012, she lived in Ireland, and taught public policy, and political economy at University College Dublin where she was also a fellow of the Geary Institute, and the Center for Regulation and Governance at UCD School of Law.

Professor Kus serves on the Editorial Board of Socio-Economic Review. Her academic publications can be found here:

Her research focuses on the following areas:

- State-market relations in the US
- Politics of economic crises
- History of political economic thought (intellectual debates about limited
government, income and wealth distribution, social welfare, regulation of
markets, taxation, and consumer protection)
- Law and politics


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


  • 2008 
    University of California- Berkeley, PhD in Sociology