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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

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Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”) 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.

Haidt received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and taught for 16 years in the department of psychology at the University of Virginia. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures––including the cultures of progressive, conservatives, and libertarians. His mission is apply research in social and moral psychology to help important institutions work better.

Haidt has co-founded a variety of organizations and collaborations that apply moral and social psychology toward that end, including , , and .

Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and of The New York Times bestsellers The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (co-authored with Greg Lukianoff). He has written more than 100 academic articles. In 2019 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the world’s “Top 50 Thinkers.” He has given four TED talks.

Since 2018 he has been studying the contributions of social media to the decline of teen mental health and the rise of political dysfunction. He is currently writing Life After Babel: Adapting to a world we can no longer share.

Research Interests

  • Business ethics
  • Moral psychology
  • Political psychology
  • Social media’s effects on mental health and democracy

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

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elected member 2019
Prospect Magazine One of the World's Top 50 Thinkers 2019
Ethisphere Business Ethics One of the 100 most influential people in business ethics 2014
Princeton University Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor 2006

Related News & Research

When Truth and Social Justice Collide, Choose Truth.

The Polarization Spiral.

Yes, Social Media Really is Undermining Democracy.

Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid.

Social Media Is Riskier for Kids Than ‘Screen Time.’

How to Have Fun With That Relative Whose Opinions You Can't Stand This Thanksgiving

If We're Serious About Saving American Democracy, This Voting System Might Be the Key

Haidt and Lukianoff: The Polarization Spiral

Monomania Is Illiberal and Stupefying

This Is Our Chance to Pull Teenagers Out of the Smartphone Trap

3 Things Parents Need to Know Now About Kids and Tech

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Professor Jonathan Haidt's book, "The Coddling of the American Mind," is highlighted

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Professor Jonathan Haidt explains why he believes social media is a contributor to the recent rise in teen mental health problems

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Areas of Expertise


  • Business Ethics