Dr. Simga-Mugan received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Fulbright Scholar, and B.S. and M.S. from İstanbul University. She has published various articles in international journals such as the European Accounting Review, the European Journal of Finance, Accounting Education, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Russian and East European Finance and Trade, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Business Ethics, Innovations in Education & Teaching International, Teaching Business Ethics and the International Journal of Accounting Research, and book chapters. She has also published in Hacettepe İdari Bilimler Fakültesi Dergisi, Muhasebe Enstitüsü Dergisi, Muhasebe Bilim Dünyası among others. The fifth edition of Principles of Financial Accounting that was co-authored with N.Hosal-Akman was published by McGraw Hill in 2012; and is adopted by several universities. She has also participated as an organizer, presenter and/or discussant at several international and national seminars. She has taught financial and managerial accounting both at graduate and undergraduate levels, in addition to doctoral level accounting theory and research courses.
She worked at Istanbul University, Bilkent University, SUNY-University at Buffalo, and Middle East Technical University where she also served as the chair and the associate dean. She participated as expert financial consultant in the World Bank and KfW infrastructure projects. She was the Dean of Faculty of Business and the Rector of IUE.
She is married to Prof. Ugurhan Mugan and has a daughter – Uğurcan Mugan.