Joanne B. Ciulla

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Professor and Research Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership​
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Ph.D., Temple University, philosophy
MA, University of Delaware, philosophy
BA, University of Maryland, philosophy


Leadership Ethics, Business Ethics


Business Ethics

Professor Ciulla has spent most of her career developing the field of leadership ethics. Her research on the ethical challenges of leadership is interdisciplinary but draws heavily on literature in philosophy and history. She has also done extensive research in the area of business ethics. Prior to joining Rutgers, she held the Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies (University of Richmond), where she was one of the founding faculty of the school, which is the first degree granting liberal arts school of leadership studies in the world. Ciulla has held academic appointments at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, LaSalle University, and numerous visiting appointments outside of the U.S., including the UNESCO chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Jordan. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education, The Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond, and The Master Teacher Award from The Wheatley Institution and the Society for Business Ethics.

Professor Ciulla was named a Fulbright Specialist, which allows her to work with institutions outside of the US on programs and research related to ethics and leadership. She is on the editorial boards of The Business Ethics Quarterly, The Leadership Quarterly, Leadership, and Leadership and the Humanities. She edits the New Horizons in Leadership Studies Series (Edward Elgar), which is one of the largest collections of books from the humanities and the social sciences on leadership. Ciulla has served as former president of The Society for Business Ethics and The International Society for Business, Ethics, and Economics. She also works with the Aspen Institute and The Brookings Institution and has given lectures and seminars to business and government organizations all over the world.