The past year was a productive one for Professor Stacy J. Kosko. Among her numerous accomplishments, a forthcoming book and recently bestowed fellowship stand out.
Set to be released in February 2019 through Cambridge University Press, Kosko's new book (co-edited with Lori Keleher), Agency and Democracy in Development Ethics, collects "expert voices from the Global North and South - philosophers, economists, policy and development scholars and practitioners - [who] explore two themes central to development ethics: agency and democracy." The book is a festscrift for University of Maryland professor and development ethicist David A. Crocker. In addition to her co-editing role, Stacy also penned a chapter. Her contribution together with those of other authors represent "diverse areas of development studies, including human security and human rights, democratic governance in theory and practice, the capability approach, gender and development, and applied and theoretical critiques of the philosophical underpinnings of various accounts of development." The book has received advanced praise from renowned development economists:
"This volume is a wonderful tribute to David Crocker, a pioneer in the field of development ethics, a humanist, and a dedicated teacher. Written by some of the top thinkers in this field, these essays are testimony both to the wide-ranging influence of Crocker’s work on agency, capability and inclusive democracy, and to the importance of bringing together philosophy, development and critical theory. Crocker’s responses to points raised by some authors adds further to the volume’s intellectual sparkle. Those unfamiliar with these fine thinkers should begin here, while those already embedded in the field will find herein exciting new pathways of engagement." Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment, GDI, The University of Manchester
Kosko was also recently named a Fellow by the Human Development and Capability Association in recognition of her work in development studies. The fellowship is a lifetime honor that is awarded to "senior researchers whose accomplishments taken together represent the mission of the Association..." We asked Stacy what receiving the news meant to her. "It is an honor I share with some truly impressive figures, so I am deeply grateful and humbled." Other Fellows include former World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu, Martha Nussbaum (named one of the 100 most important living philosophers and winner of the most recent million dollar Berggruen prize in Philosophy), and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, among others. Kosko is also serving on the Executive Council of the association. Her term began last Fall.