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Stacy J.
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University of Maryland
development ethics, human rights, capability approach, multiculturalism, minority rights, group rights, agency, recognition, international development, indigenous peoples, Roma
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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 is the co-Coordinator of the Human Rights Thematic Group of the Human Development and Capability Association.

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 (under contract with Cambridge University Press) and a number of articles and chapters forthcoming and in print 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.”

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