Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York Universityâ€™s Stern School of Business.
He received his B. A. from Yale University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He then did post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India. He was a professor at the University of Virginia from 1995 until 2011, when he joined the Stern School of Business.
Haidt is a social psychologist whose research focuses on moralityâ€“â€“its emotional foundations, cultural variations, and developmental course. He began his career studying the negative moral emotions, such as disgust, shame, and vengeance, but then moved on to the understudied positive moral emotions, such as admiration, awe, and moral elevation.
He is the co-developer of Moral Foundations Theory, and of the research site YourMorals.org. He uses his research to help people understand and respect the moral motives of people with whom they disagree (see CivilPolitics.org). He won three teaching awards from the University of Virginia and one from the governor of Virginia. His four TED talks have been viewed more than 6 million times. (Those talks are onÂ political psychology, onÂ religion, on the causes of Americaâ€™s political polarization,Â Â and on how America can heal after the bitter 2016 election.)
He was named a â€œtop 100 global thinkerâ€ in 2012 by Foreign Policy magazine, and one of the 65 â€œWorld Thinkers of 2013â€ by Prospect magazine. He is the author of more than 90 academic articles and three books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006), and The New York Times bestsellerÂ The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012), andÂ The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (co-authored with Greg Lukianoff, September, 2018).
AtÂ NYU-Stern, he is applying his research on moral psychology to business ethics, asking how companies can structure and run themselves in ways that will be resistant to ethical failures (see EthicalSystems.org). Haidt is also working on increasing viewpoint diversity in the academy via Heterodox Academy, a collaboration among nearly 2000 professors who are working to increase viewpoint diversity and freedom of inquiry in universities. His next book will beÂ Â Three Stories About Capitalism: The Moral Psychology of Economic LifeÂ expected in 2020, from Pantheon Press.
For more information see JonathanHaidt.com.