Development Ethicist. Project Design Specialist.
(She, Her, Hers)
Ethical analysis of the ends and means of global development. Participation. Empowerment. Human Rights. Capability.Learn More
Education, training, and consulting for the design of development solutions that are viable, evidence-based, sustainable, and ethical.Learn More
Training students for the fast-paced, creative, and collaborative professional world that they are about to enter.Learn More
“Cultural Freedom: Worthwhile Development for a Diverse World,” in Handbook of Development Ethics, Jay Drydyk and Lori Keleher, eds., Routledge, 2019.Read More
“‘Reason to Value’: Process, Opportunity, and Perfectionism in the Capability Approach” with Serene J. Khader in Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics, Lori Keleher and Stacy J. Kosko, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2019.Read More
in Theorizing Justice: Critical Insights and Future Directions. Krushil Watene and Jay Drydyk, eds. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016Read More
Journal of Global Ethics, Vol. 9, Iss. 3, 2013, pp 293-310Read More
Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol 13, Iss 3, 2012, pp 415-450Read More
Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 11, Iss. 3, 2010, pp 425-448Read More
Stacy J. Kosko
Associate Research Professor, Government and Politics
University of Maryland
FIRE Global Development and Design explores what ethical development around the world really means and needs. We will look at the values-based differences between “good” and “bad” development and the technological and design tools that can help program designers do their jobs better.Read More
The Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) prepares students with the theoretical frameworks and practical skills necessary to address critical global concerns.Read More
Associate Research Professor | Associate Director, Minor in International Development & Conflict Management
I have been a classroom teacher for most of the last 20 years. My work has ranged from teaching “at risk” students and former drop-outs in an urban night school, to guiding college students as they came to terms with the challenges and realities of project design for international development, to advising undergraduate Individual Studies Program students in designing their own majors and completing their theses, to teaching Master's students as a Fulbright Scholar in Moldova. As a high school teacher, I cut my teaching teeth against the backdrop of learning disabilities, significant social and economic hardship, substance abuse, and apathy. Rising to meet these challenges drove me to invest in offering the most intellectually stimulating, practically relevant, and personally engaging courses that I could, an experience that has shaped the way I teach university students today.
For all of the courses I discuss here, I have developed my own curricula and have been able to explore and hone my personal teaching philosophy, which takes a highly individual approach to student engagement while seeking to foster an atmosphere of deliberative dialogue. Scroll down to read more of my teaching philosophy.
I have received seven teaching and mentoring awards for this work, including the Undergraduate Education Recognition Award for exemplary teaching and service to the University of Maryland and three Merrill Presidential Scholar Faculty Mentor recognitions. But my students’ own words speak to my efforts far better...
“I looked forward to coming to class every day because it made me think in new ways and challenged my existing ideas. I committed myself to writing the best papers I could because the material spoke to me in ways nothing else at Maryland did. I remember enjoying the discussions and how they left my brain on high alert for the rest of the day. It takes an extraordinary teacher to accomplish something like that.”
“Every single class I was challenged to think deeply AND differently. I feel as though every discussion and activity hoped that I’d do so.”
"This course is hands-down amazing. I learned so much and it got me so excited for the remaining credits I need to fulfill. The 2-hour lectures were the highlights of my semester. Dr. Kosko is extremely well-informed and brilliant in her teaching."
"Dr. Kosko is the best teacher at the University of Maryland. That is all."
"Dr. Kosko not only clearly knows her stuff, but she brings in an element of humanity to her teaching that really lends itself to the subject of international development. She really seems dedicated to teaching a course that makes sense, and is really flexible to the responsiveness of the class and feedback. Great course, would recommend it to anyone who plans on continuing to be a human being whose decisions influence the rest of the world."
"I have honestly never felt more engaged in a class than I have in this one."
"Very eye-opening. If the university wants to produce intelligent and world-aware students then classes like this should be mandatory."