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Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt

Joined Stern 2011

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-98
New York, NY 10012

E-mail jhaidt@stern.nyu.edu
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Jonathan Haidt joined New York University Stern School of Business in July 2011. He is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, based in the Business and Society Program.

Professor Haidt is a social psychologist whose research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. In that book Haidt offers an account of the origins of the human moral sense, and he shows how variations in moral intuitions can help explain the polarization and dysfunction of American politics. At Stern he is applying his research on moral psychology to rethink the way business ethics is studied and is integrated into the curriculum. His goal is to draw on the best behavioral science research to create organizations that function as ethical systems, with only minimal need for directly training people to behave ethically. He co-founded the research collaboration at EthicalSystems.org. His next book will be titled Three Stories About Capitalism: The Moral Psychology of Economic Life .

Before coming to Stern, Professor Haidt taught for 16 years at the University of Virginia. His first book was The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. His writings appear frequently in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he has given four TED talks. He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and also by Prospect magazine.

Professor Haidt received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

  • Business ethics
  • Moral psychology
  • Political psychology
  • Complex social systems

Courses Taught

  • Evolution and Business
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Work, Wisdom, and Happiness

Academic Background

Ph.D., Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Philosophy
Yale University

Awards & Appointments

Business Ethics Alliance Beacon of Ethics Award 2015
Ethisphere Business Ethics One of the 100 most influential people in business ethics 2014
Princeton University Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor 2006

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Areas of Expertise


  • Business Ethics