Carolina Villegas-Galaviz, Ph.D.



I am a postdoctoral research associate at the Notre Dame – Technology Ethics Center (ND-TEC) at the  University of Notre Dame. My research is about business ethics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics, and the ethics of care. I’m a philosopher, but I have always worked at the intersection of business, technology, and ethics.

I hold a Ph.D. from ICADE, College of Business of Comillas Pontifical Univesity in Madrid, with an international mention completed under a co-advisory regime with the Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Organizational Governance & Organizational Culture from the University of Navarra, a B.A. in Philosophy, and a B.A. in Communication from the same university. I won the Society for Business Ethics Founders’ Award in 2020 and 2022.

Research Interests

My focus is on the ethical implications of the introduction of AI to firms. I am working on contributing with the proposition of the ethics of care, a relatively novel moral theory, to help ameliorate some of the ethical problems within AI and business ethics.

With the introduction of AI to business, face-to-face interactions are minimized, and decisions are part of an opaquer process, now reduced to data, that firms do not always understand. Within this process, moral implications appear when those who develop and deploy AI ignore circumstances, vulnerabilities, and the specific harm that can be done to individuals. In this scenario, the ethics of care is an adequate framework to approach AI ethical problems since it brings to the forefront of ethical decision-making the relevance of context and the consideration of vulnerabilities, interdependence, and the voice or what the other has to say.

Hence, my research is at the intersection of three main areas: business ethics, AI and technology ethics, and the ethics of care.

In different ways, all my research continuously asks what we lose, and what we put at stake when we delegate our decision processes to algorithms.







Contact: carolinavillegasg@gmail.com