Professor Stetsenko’s research is situated at the intersection of human development, education and social theory including topics of subjectivity, collective agency/action, and personhood – all viewed through the lens of social change and activism. In a recent series of publications on transformative activist stance, she draws on cutting-edge advances in philosophy and sociology of practice, feminist and postmodernist materialism, dynamic systems theory, situated and embodied cognition, and Vygotsky’s cultural-historical and activity theory frameworks. She is currently exploring implications of this approach for studying political imagination and collective action in pursuit of social change and collaborative transformation. In this work, she is increasingly drawing on social, policy and political dimensions of theory and practices in psychology to interrogate traditional gaps including between individual and collective agency and between subjectivity and social action.

Her theory has been characterized “as exemplifying major currents in developmental theorizing about agency”(Sugarman & Sokol, see New Ideas in Psychology, 2012) and her recent chapter as among “the most provocative and probing essays you will ever read on the nature of human personhood” (Dan McAdams, The Psychology of Personhood book cover, 2013).

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