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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 American culture war between left and right. 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. 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, where he was given three awards for outstanding teaching, including the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, conferred by Governor Mark Warner. 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. He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and by Prospect magazine.

Professor Haidt received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University, and an M.A. and 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

Academic Background

Ph.D., Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

M.A., Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Philosophy
Yale University

Awards & Appointments

NYU Stern Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor of Business Ethics 2011
Princeton University Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor 2006
State of Virginia Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award 2004
Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology 2001

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Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security

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The Coddling of the American Mind

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Areas of Expertise


  • Business Ethics