Jonathan Haidt

Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business

Jonathan Haidt

Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business

Praxis Circle Contributor Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of Heterodox Academy. Praxis Circle interviewed Jonathan because of his contribution to Moral Foundations Theory and extensive research focusing on negative and positive morality, along with his advocacy for viewpoint diversity and freedom of inquiry on college campuses.

Originally from New York City, Dr. Haidt received his B.A. in philosophy from Yale University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in psychology 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, winning four awards for his teaching, including a statewide award conferred by the Governor of Virginia. He then moved to NYU’s Stern School of Business to teach and research moral psychology within the context of business ethics.

Dr. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures—including the cultures of progressive, conservatives, and libertarians. His goal is to help people understand each other and even learn from each other despite their moral differences. Haidt has co-founded a variety of organizations and collaborations that apply moral and social psychology toward that end, including Heterodox AcademyThe Constructive Dialogue Institute, and EthicalSystems.org.

He is the author of four books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006); The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2013); The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (2019, co-authored with Greg Lukianoff); and most recently The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness (2024). In addition to his books, Dr. Haidt has written over a hundred academic articles and consistently writes for his Substack, After Babel. 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 successful TED talks.

Currently, Dr. Haidt lives in New York City with his wife and two children.