Basak Kus is spending the 2009-2010 academic year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Regional Political Economy at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. She received her PhD in Sociology from University of California-Berkeley in 2008, where she studied under Neil Fligstein, Peter Evans, and Ann Swidler. In the 2008-2009 academic year she was a research associate and lecturer at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International Studies. Her research interests focus on the comparative study of the state as a regulator of markets, provider of social security, and collector of taxes. Her area interests span Europe and the Near East. In her dissertation she examined how states affect the patterns of informalization in the economy through regulatory means, quantitatively across a broad set of countries, as well as historically through an in-depth case study of Turkey. Basak’s currently working on her book manuscript as well as developing two new projects focusing on cross-national taxation trends, and non-state social welfare provision.