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John Slattery, Director

Photo of Dr. John SlatteryJohn Slattery is the Director of the Grefenstette Center. He is also a Senior Program Associate with the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. He earned a B.S. in computer science from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Paul School of Theology, and an interdisciplinary PhD in the history and philosophy of science and systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. John's research focuses on interactions between Christianity and science, both historically and in modern times. He is especially interested in the intersections of liberation theology with the current conversations of science, technology, and theology. He has published two recent volumes: Faith and Science at Notre Dame: John Zahm, Evolution, and the Catholic Church was published by Notre Dame Press in August 2019, and an edited volume, Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences, published by T&T Clark in October 2020. You can also find his work in academic journals and online. Dr. Slattery has been featured in Commonweal Magazine, Religion Dispatches, and Daily Theology.


Florence M. Chee, Fellow

Florence Chee is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Program Director of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. She is also Founding Director of the Social & Interactive Media Lab Chicago (SIMLab), devoted to the in-depth study of social phenomena at the intersection of society and technology. Her research examines the social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of emergent digital lifestyles with a particular focus on the examination of artificial intelligence, games, social media, mobile platforms, and translating insights about their lived contexts across industrial, governmental, and academic sectors.


Nathan Colaner, Fellow

Photo of Dr. Nathan ColanerDr. Nathan Colaner is a Senior Instructor and Director of Business Analytics at Seattle University. He has also recently accepted the role of Managing Director of SU's Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies. His recent research is on the ethical development of machine learning, specifically regarding the creation of explainable artificial intelligence. His teaching revolves around organizational ethics, focusing on the ethical implications of organizations' increasing reliance on digital technology. As a consultant, he works directly with business, government, military, and religious organizations to assess risk in implementing big data and AI solutions. Dr. Colaner is also an external fellow in the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University, collaborating with a team of interdisciplinary scholars on ethics and data, digital technology, and AI.


Matthew J. Gaudet, Fellow

Photo of Dr. Matthew J. Gaudet Matthew J. Gaudet is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University and a Fellow at the Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology and the Law at Duquesne University. His research lies at the intersection of moral theology and political and social theory, with a particular interest in the topics of technology ethics, disability ethics, ethics of war and peace, and university ethics. His work has appeared in the Journal of Moral Theology, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, and elsewhere. He also co-edited the Journal of Moral Theology special issues on Contingent Faculty (2019, with James F. Keenan, SJ), University Ethics (2020, also with Keenan) and Artificial Intelligence (2022, with Brian P. Green).


Paul Scherz, Fellow

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Paul Scherz is Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. He also co-directs the joint Catholic Clinical Ethics program with Georgetown University's Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is the author of Science and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2019) and co-editor of The Evening of Life: The Challenges of Aging and Dying Well (Notre Dame, 2020). His forthcoming book, Tomorrow's Troubles: Risk, Anxiety, and Prudence in an Age of Algorithmic Governance (Georgetown), examines the role of risk in contemporary culture.


Patrick Juola, Duquesne University Research Fellow

Photo of Dr. Patrick JuolaDr. Juola is an internationally noted expert in text analysis, security, forensics, and stylometry. As a faculty member at Duquesne University, he has authored two books and more than 100 scientific publications as well as generated more than two million dollars in Federal research grant funding. As director of Duquesne's EVL lab, he is the lead architect of the JGAAP project and provides overall scientific direction for Juola & Associates. 

"I have been working for more than a two decades on new ways to solve humanities problems of practical interest using computers. Most of my work has focused on determining the authorship of a document via stylometry (the study and measurement of writing style). I received my Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA) in 1995, then worked for three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the department of experimental psychology at Oxford University (UK). Since 1998, I have been working at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) in the mathematics and computer science department, where I currently hold the Lauritis Chair in Teaching and Technology."


Gerard Magill, Duquesne University Senior Research Fellow

Photo of Dr. Gerard MagillDr. Magill holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (appointed in 2007) where he is a tenured Professor in the Center for Global Health Ethics.

He has authored, co-authored, or edited 13 books including a recently co-authored book on Governance Ethics in Healthcare Organizations (Routledge 2020). He has published over 75 scholarly articles and he has given over 250 presentations at conferences. He is a member of 17 Professional Associations. He has extensive experience on Institutional Review Boards, Hospital Ethics Committees and Ethics Consultation Services. And he is a Senior Research Fellow in the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University that focuses on data ethics & digital technology.


Elizabeth Agnew Cochran, Faculty Scholar

Elizabeth Agnew Cochran (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2007) is the author of two monographs that explore questions of virtue, moral agency, moral formation, and human flourishing: Receptive Human Virtues: A New Reading of Jonathan Edwards's Ethics (Penn State University Press, 2011), and Protestant Virtue and Stoic Ethics (T&T Clark Press, 2018). Her current research explores how attention to the experience of autistic persons complicates, enriches, and at times challenges views of virtue and human flourishing that are prominent in Christian theology and philosophy, as well as how intersectional experiences of race and disability further complicate these terms. Her project for the Grefenstette Center reflects on the role of technology in shaping human identity.


Ted Corcovilos, Faculty Scholar

Ted Corcovilos is an Associate Professor of Physics at Duquesne University, having joined the university in 2013. His research is in experimental atomic, molecular, and optical physics, with particular interest in quantum computing and applications of optics to analytical chemistry and environmental science. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee.


Georgiana Craciun, Faculty Scholar

Georgiana Craciun is Associate Professor of Marketing at the School of Business, Duquesne University. Her research examines issues related to consumer online decision making, focusing on factors that influence consumer privacy choices and online product review credibility. Her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Research, Decision Support Systems, Computers in Human Behavior, and Journal of Consumer Behaviour. She was the recipient of the 2018 Best Paper Award at the 17th Workshop on e-Business. In 2021, she received the Harry W. Witt Faculty Fellowship for research. She serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several journals in marketing.


Min Geiger, Faculty Scholar

Dr. Geiger is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. Min received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from West Virginia University in 2021. Min's research focuses on (a) how implicit biases may disadvantage marginalized employees at work, (b) how algorithms can perpetuate biases in our society, and (c) how big data can contribute to organizational science. Her research has been published in Journal of International Business Studies and Group & Organization Management and presented at several premier conferences. Min received an award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for her dissertation.


Katherine L.W. Norton, Faculty Scholar

Katherine L.W. Norton, is an assistant professor and director of clinical and international programs in the School of Law. Within the clinical legal education program, she teaches and acts as the supervising attorney the Family Law Clinic. Norton focuses her scholarship on issues relating to access to justice and the role that technology and artificial intelligence have in this arena. Most recently Norton received an American Bar Endowment Grant for the project, Utilizing Technology to Enhance Access to Custody Appeals. This research will result in the development of an online tool to assist low-income individuals access the custody appellate process.


Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa, Faculty Scholar 

Akwasi Opoku-Dakwa is an Assistant Professor of Management at Duquesne University's School of Business Administration. He has a PhD in Organization Management from Rutgers University, and his prior business experience includes consulting, marketing, and management roles. He has taught principles of management, human resource management, organizational behavior, and business ethics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research examines the role of ethics theory in organizational decision-making and how societal expectations of corporate responsibility affect employees' experience of work and vice versa. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the International Association for Business and Society.


Dina Nasri Siniora, Faculty Scholar

Dr. Dina Nasri Siniora is an adjunct professor at the Center of Global Health Ethics at Duquesne University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences with Distinction along with a minor in Public Health at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon in 2010. As a Fulbright Scholar, Dina pursued a Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sustainability at Duquesne University. Dina earned her Ph.D. in Global Health Ethics from Duquesne University in 2022. Her research interests include organizational ethics, physician-patient relationship, artificial intelligence and catholic teaching, moral reasoning, public health ethics, and pharmaceutical ethics.


Eric Vogelstein, Faculty Scholar

Dr. Eric Vogelstein is an associate professor at Duquesne University with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Department of Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, and has been at Duquesne since 2013. Dr. Vogelstein works primarily in biomedical ethics and has published on a variety of theoretical and practical topics in the field, including on surrogate decision-making and advance directives, medically-assisted dying, ethical issues related to prenatal and neonatal life, the concept and possibility of moral expertise, and on various ethical issues in nursing practice and education.


Dina Al Raffie, Affiliated Faculty

Dina Al Raffie is a professor and researcher in the field of International Security Studies, with a focus on terrorism and political violence, and security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Al Raffie lectured and taught in various locations across Europe, at both university and practitioner levels. Dr. Al Raffie has published on a variety of terrorism-related topics including the identity dynamics of radicalization, terrorist leadership, terrorist motivations and ideology, countering violent extremism (CVE), as well as non-Western counterterrorism practices, with a focus on her home country at birth, Egypt.


Lyndsie Ferrara, Affiliated Faculty

Lyndsie Ferrara is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Forensic Science & Law Program at Duquesne where she has been a faculty member since 2014. She teaches advanced forensic DNA analysis, quality assurance, along with the seminar and research defense courses. Her primary research focuses on forensic science ethics through the improvement of ethics education and the examination of ethical issues facing the forensic science community. She is also the co-author of True Crime and the Justice of God (2022).


Mark Geiger, Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Geiger is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, Duquesne University. His general areas of research include Meta-Analysis, Quantitative Methods, Diversity in Entrepreneurship, Venture Funding, and Individual Differences in Organizations. His research has been published in Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Business Venturing Insights, and Group & Organization Management. He currently teaches courses on business analytics, managerial decision making, and entrepreneurship.


Elisabeth T. Vasko, Affiliated Faculty

Elisabeth T. Vasko is an associate professor of theology at Duquesne University, where she teaches courses on theological anthropology, Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and liberation theologies. Elisabeth prioritizes collaborative, interdisciplinary, and community-based methods in her teaching and research because she believes they are building blocks for expanding the moral imagination and creating a more just society. Her published works include True Crime and the Justice of God: Ethics, Media, and Forensic Science (2022) and Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders (2015). She holds a Ph.D. in theology from Loyola University Chicago.


Wenqi Zhou, Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Wenqi Zhou is the Inaugural David Warco Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. She received her Ph.D. from George Washington University School of Business. She studies online user-generated contents, healthcare IS and economics, and gender related issues on e-commerce and social media platforms, using econometrics and computational methods. Her works have been published in prestigious journals, presented in various conferences, and recognized by awards including Duquesne Presidential Scholarship Award, Beard Research Fellowship in Ethics, Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, and several Best Paper Awards.