Maria Sophia Aguirre
Catholic University of America
Maria Sophia Aguirre is an ordinary Professor of Economics in the School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of America, who specializes in international finance and economic development. She teaches courses in the area of Macroeconomics, International Finance and Economic Development. She is the Director of the Economics Program and the Academic Chair of the Masters in Integral Economics Development.
She earned her PhD in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and joined the faculty of the Catholic University of America in 1994. Professor Aguirre is an expert in the areas of exchange rates and economic integration, as well as on theories of population, resources, and family as it relates to economic development and growth. Her work has been published in numerous economic journals. She also is the author of Determinants of Economic Growth: The Case of Guatemala, and of several book chapters.
Recognizing her contributions to the field, she has received several prestigious awards, she is a Fulbright Scholar, and has twice been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Aguirre has testified on issues related to population, family, and health before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and parliaments in Central America, Africa and Canada. She also has advised several U.S. congressmen and U.N. delegates on economic aspects of U.N. documents. She was a member of the Advisory Board to the Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDGF) evaluation (2012-2013) and was appointed to the UN Experts Group that assisted with the transition from MDGF to the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) (2015-2017). Dr. Aguirre was tasked to evaluate SDGF proposals to ensure inclusive economic growth. She has also advised several governments on women's education, family policy, and health. Professor Aguirre was a presidential appointee to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Foreign Diplomacy. She is a member of the Commission on the Status of Women in the Professions, a working group of the American Economic Association. She also is actively involved with leadership programs for young women.