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Jonathan Haidt

3-Time TED speaker & NYTimes Bestselling Author

Jonathan Haidt has presented a rather unprecedented three times at the TED Conference and is a NY Times bestselling author of the book, The Righteous Mind.

Joining the New York University's Stern School of Business in 2011, he is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, based in the Business and Society Program. 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 is a speaker and social psychologist whose research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. His Righteous Mind book offers an account of the origins of the human moral sense, and 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 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.

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.

His speaking topics include business ethics, moral psychology, political psychology and social systems.