Dr. Stacy J. Kosko is Associate Director of the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) and an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management in the Department of Government and Politics, as well as a Distinguished Fellow with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Kosko joined MIDCM after completing her PhD from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, with a concentration in international development. During her time in that program, she also served as the Associate Director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of The Advocacy Project, a Washington D.C.-based human rights organization. In addition, her educational background includes an MS in Foreign Service and international conflict management from Georgetown University, with a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies, and a BA in English and French and BS in Film from Syracuse University. Among her primary research interests are development ethics, human rights, and severely marginalized populations. She has served on the Executive Board of the International Development Ethics Association since 2009 and was the co-Coordinator of the Human Rights Thematic Group of the Human Development and Capability Association from 2010-2017.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, she was as a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Moldova.

Areas of Interest

  • human rights, global development, development ethics, global justice, vulnerability and marginalization

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy (concentration: international development), 2012
  • Degree Type
    MS
    Degree Details
    Foreign Service, Georgetown University (concentration: international conflict management; Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies), 2005
  • Degree Type
    BS
    Degree Details
    Television, Radio, and Film, Syracuse University (concentration: Screenwriting), 2000
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    English and Textual Studies; French Language, Literature, and Culture, Syracuse University, 2000

I have been a classroom teacher for most of the last 18 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.  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 more on my personal teaching philosophy and approach, please see my Teaching Statement here.  For additional, unsolicited comments from students, scroll down.  The university-level courses I have taught, with linked syllabi, follow here.

Teaching Positions & Experience

Associate Director, Associate Research Professor
The Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) is a 16-credit, undergraduate program of instruction for students aspiring to a profession in the fields of international development, humanitarian relief, or conflict resolution.  It is offered by the Department of Government and Politics and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Introduction to International Development and Conflict Management:  Fall, 2012-present
  • Capstone in International Development:  Fall & Spring, 2012-present
  • Ethno-cultural Minorities, Cultural Freedom, and Development Ethics (research seminar):  Spring, 2016

    With the Office of International Affairs:  Global Classroom's innovative, project-based courses bring together UMD students and students from partner universities around the world through digital technologies, providing students with international experiences that are cross-cultural, project-based and virtual.

    • Doing Development (a blended format pilot course jointly taught with Leiden University College, The Netherlands):  Spring ’17, 19
    • International Development and Conflict Management (a blended format pilot course jointly taught with Tel Aviv University, Israel):  Spring ’14

    With the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship:  Fearless Ideas experiential pilot courses provide students with the innovation and entrepreneurship skills and mindset to develop and launch their fearless ideas.

    Visiting Professor

    Dept. of International Relations and PoliticalScience (FRISPA), Moldova State University, Moldova

    Taught in Master of International Relations program while performing research on a Fulbright fellowship

     

    ·         Multiculturalism and Globalization in the European Context                                           Fall ’17

    Instructor

    As the Associate Director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program, I developed and taught two courses.  "PL" is a living-learning program that focuses on the theory and practice of leadership and citizenship in civic and political spheres from the local to the global.  Please click on the title of the course for a sample syllabus.

    Public Leadership: Fall 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 

    • Developed Curriculum, taught 12 sections in 4 years
    • Includes Community-Based Learning project module
    • Successfully nominated course for university's "Cultural Competence" designation
    • Pending nomination for university's "Scholarship in Practice" designation

    Applied Leadership: Spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    • Developed Curriculum, taught 12 sections in 4 years
    • Includes Community-Based Learning project module
    • Secured 2010 Civic Engagement Stimulus Grant for further development of course
    • Successfully nominated course for university's "Cultural Competence" designation
    • Pending nomination for university's "Scholarship in Practice" designation

    Assistant Director & Teaching Assistant
    UMD Education Abroad provides international, academically-based experiences in support of students’ personal, professional and intellectual development. 

    Culture and Human Rights in Morocco:  Winter 2010

    Teaching Assistant
    The Maryland Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland prepares culturally diverse students for graduate study and professional careers in public policy and international affairs.

    International Development:  Summer 2008 
    International Security:  Summer 2008
     

    Teaching and Service Awards
    • Faculty Mentor recognition, Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars program (2019)
    • Excellence in Teaching, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, UMD (2019)
    • Global Classroom Fellow, UMD Office of International Affairs, (2017-2020)
    • Distinguished Fellow, UMD Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE), (2014-2017)
    • Faculty Mentor recognition, Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars program (2015)
    • Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE) Distinguished Fellow (2014)
    • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Sigma Circle (inducted 2013)
    • Faculty Mentor recognition, Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars program (2013)
    • Undergraduate Education Recognition Award for exemplary teaching and service to the University, graduate student category (2010) 
    • Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, given by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, and the Graduate School (2011 and 2012)
    • Most Dedicated to Students Award, student-nominated Faculty and Staff Recognition Award, College Park Scholars program (2011)

    With an emphasis on development ethics, my research asks questions central to the international development and human rights agendas.  My focus includes, but is not limited to, state multiculturalism, citizenship, minority and group rights, and individual and collective agency, in particular the intersection of these areas of inquiry.  My populations of interest include severely marginalized groups and indigenous peoples and I have particular expertise in Roma and Traveller populations.  My most recent works include a co-edited volume entitled Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics (Cambridge University Press 2019) and a number of articles and chapters on topics of minority rights, culture and education, and value formation.  My current projects are an in-depth examination of Henry Shue’s notion of the “standard threat” in human rights and the implications of this concept for ethno-cultural and religious minorities, and immigrants in particular; and a further exploration of a form of the human rights protection gap that I have called the "recognition gap."

    Service Leadership

     

    Officer at Large, Executive Committee, Human Development and Capability Association     2018-2021

    Executive Board, International Development Ethics Association                                      2009-present

    • Conceived, organized conference, “Marginalized Peoples, Human Rights, and Development Ethics,” Moldova State University, Chişinău, Moldova (May 2018); raised €24K
    • Conceived, organized workshop, “What is Development Ethics?”, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (May 2017)

    Board of Directors, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, New York, NY                                        2009-present

    Board of Directors, Foundation for Inclusion                                                                         2016-2018

    Co-Coordinator, HDCA Human Rights Thematic Group                                                       2010-2017

    PhD Representative, International Development Council, MSPP                                            2010-2011

    Co-Chair & founder, PhD Student Committee, MSPP                                                            2008-2011

     

    SERVICE to the Profession

     

    Conference Chair, Convener, Organizing Committee, “Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics,” University of Maryland School of Public Policy                                                        2019

    Panel Chair, Moral and Political Philosophy on the Border conference, University of TX El Paso   2019

    Chair, Nomination Committee, Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA)            2019

    Panel moderator, annual conference of the Human Development and Capability Assoc.                 2018

    Conference Chair, Convener, Organizing Committee, IDEA conference: "Marginalized Peoples, Human Rights, and Development Ethics"                                                                            2018

    Organizing Committee, “Empowerment for Social Justice: Human Rights and Education” conference, Moldova State University, Moldova                                                                                        2017

    Panel Convener & Chair, annual conference of the Human Development and Capability Assoc.     2017

    Chair & Organizer, “The Role of Philosophy in International Development,” CIDCM-IDEA        2017

    Faculty Advisor, Do Good Challenge Seed Grant Awardee                                                              2017

    Faculty Advisor, Minor in Int’l Development & Conflict Mgmt Student Association          2016-present

    Supervisor, 7 undergraduate independent study and thesis students in Gov. & Politics            2016-2017

    Faculty Advisor, 8 UMD Individual Studies Program majors in Int’l Dev. & Conflict          2010-present

    Faculty Advisor, FairTrade UMD, UMD student organization                                                2013-2016

    Faculty Advisor, Pro-Dev, UMD student development organization                                       2012-2016

    Moderator, “Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Oppression,” Maryland School of Public Policy          2016

    Panelist, oral examination panels, Georgetown University MS in Foreign Service program     2011, 2016

    Panel Chair, annual conference of the Human Development and Capability Association                 2015

    Moderator, “Female Perspectives on the Nile,” Maryland School of Public Policy                           2015

    Faculty Advisor, UMD Spreading Nutritional Awareness to Kids club                                                2011-2012

    Faculty Advisor, DaCadence UMD A Cappella club                                                                  2010-2012

    Faculty Advisor, UMD Cricket Club                                                                                        2009-2012

    Panel Chair, annual conference of the International Development Ethics Association                     2011

    Panel Chair, annual conference of the Human Development and Capability Association                 2011

    Student Representative, MSPP international development faculty search committee                        2010

    Stacy
    2117K Chincoteague Hall
    Department of Government and Politics
    Email
    sjkosko [at] umd.edu