The Maguire Center for Ethics provides several fellowship opportunities to explore diverse research topics at the intersection of ethics and financial services.
Our signature fellowship is the Maguire Fellowship in Applied Ethics, which is a one-year program that supports an individual or individuals working on meaningful research focused on the financial services industry. This research aims to foster productive engagement with industry groups, the academic community and regulatory agencies by enabling leaders to recognize the individual and systems-level factors that can help raise the level of ethical behavior in the financial services industry.
Research conducted by our Fellows is disseminated in multiple forums and formats, including through our events, in industry-facing publications, as well as peer-reviewed journals.
Our Fellows are respected researchers and practitioners who have successfully demonstrated their expertise and skills to communicate complex theories and data-driven insights to a broad audience. If you are interested in a fellowship opportunity, please contact our Executive Director with your resume and a brief note about your background and research interests.
Dr. Caterina Bulgarella
Dr. Bulgarella is an organizational psychologist with deep expertise in organizational culture and behavioral ethics. Her academic and applied research work includes the study of self-regulation and self-control processes, leadership behavior, employee engagement, organizational trust, conduct risk, teamwork and collaboration, conflict and negotiation, and work meaning. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with senior leaders to build high-performance culture practices, ethical leadership, and purposeful work, by integrating scientific insights and applied best practices.
Dr. Bulgarella holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from New York University. She serves on the I/O Psychology Master’s program at New York University (NYU), and she is a member of the Ethical Systems’ core research team. She regularly contributes with her writing and talks about culture, ethics, and leadership to a number of different fora.
Reza Mahmoodshahi is a finance and strategy professional working in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) space. He has held a number of roles in TMT including at Amazon, as well as across Fidelity Devonshire Investor’s portfolio of technology companies, where he was responsible for restructuring holding companies, transaction modeling and negotiation, and financial planning and analysis.
His research interests are at the intersection of quantitative finance, behavioral economics, and corporate finance. His work for the Maguire Center for Ethics focuses on normative “paradoxes” that arise at the intersection of these topics, particularly with respect to corporate governance and agency theory.
Reza earned his A.B. In Economics, Magna cum Laude, from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences. He became a double alumni in May 2020 after completing his MBA at Cornell’s Johnson’s Graduate School of Management. Reza also holds an M.S. in Logic & Computation from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied Model Selection and Bayesian Probability.
Sophia Duffy, JD, CPA
Sophia Duffy is an Assistant Professor of Business Planning at The American College of Financial Services, as well as Assistant Vice President and Director of Regulatory Compliance. Professor Duffy teaches in both the Huebner School and the Irwin Graduate School. She began her academic career at The College in 2012, and remains an instructor for a number of classes.
Prior to joining The College, Duffy was a senior auditor for several years, providing audit and compliance oversight for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Aramark, and the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Juris Doctorate (JD) from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 2012, and her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting from Rutgers University in 2002. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Her research for the Maguire Center for Ethics explores the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning by companies in the financial services industry, and addresses emerging regulatory and ethical frameworks that can help advance access to financial services while balancing the potential for unintended consequences, such as discrimination against communities of color.
Dr. Kevin Gibson is a professor of philosophy at Marquette University in the Klinger College of Arts and Sciences. He served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Philosophy for six years, as Director of the Center for Ethics Studies from 2001 to 2012, and most recently as the Interim Dean of the Graduate School. He also teaches business ethics in the College of Business Administration. Born in the United Kingdom, Gibson was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and served as an infantry officer before earning his BA (Hons) in philosophy in 1980 at Sussex University. He moved to the United States, where he attended Harvard University and received an EdM in Administration and Social Policy in 1985. He trained with the Harvard Mediation Project, and has worked as a professional mediator and trainer. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, Gibson earned an MA in philosophy in 1989 and a PhD in philosophy in 1991, with a focus on ethics and contemporary issues. Gibson joined Marquette’s faculty in 1995. During his time at Marquette, the Executive MBA Program has awarded him the Excellence in Executive Education Award six times. He was a recipient of the Helen Way Klinger Humanities Fellowship in 2008. Gibson’s research concentration is the study of ethics, widely understood as the way that we treat one another and the world around us. He is the author of two major textbooks: Introduction to Ethics (Pearson Press, 2013) and Business and Ethics: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He has also authored or co-authored more than 30 scholarly articles. His most recent research deals with issues of valuing community and the environment when discussing issues of sustainability.