Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. At Stern, he examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and applies his research on moral psychology to rethink the way business ethics is studied and integrated into the curriculum. He aims 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. In addition, Jon has co-founded a variety of organizations and collaborations that apply moral and social psychology toward that end, including HeterodoxAcademy.org, OpenMindPlatform.org, and EthicalSystems.org. He also applies social and moral psychology to business ethics, and aims to solve the problems of political polarization, demonization, and paralysis. Prior to joining Stern, Jon taught for 16 years at the University of Virginia in the Department of Psychology. At UVA, he conducted the basic research on moral judgment, moral emotions, and political psychology that he reported in The Righteous Mind.
He examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures, including progressive, conservatives, and libertarians.
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.
Since 2018, he has been studying the contributions of social media to the decline of teen mental health and the rise of political dysfunction.
HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
2020 10 Most Influential Psychologists Today, AcademicInfluence.com
2019 Top 50 Thinkers, Prospect Magazine
2014 - 2015 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, Ethisphere
2015 Beacon of Ethics Awards, Business Ethics Alliance
2015 100 Top Thought Leaders in Trust, Trust Across America
2012 Top Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy Magazine
The Coddling of the American Mind (2018)
All Minus One: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech, Illustrated (2018)
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012)
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006)
MEDIA & APPEARANCES
His writings appear frequently in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and he has given four TED talks.