Jonathan Haidt's Home Page
(it's pronounced "height")

This is my academic/research homepage at NYU

You might want to be at the homepage of The Righteous Mind


For 16 years I was a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 2011 I moved to the NYU-Stern School of Business, where I am a professor in the Business and Society Program. Stern has offered me the opportunity to test and apply my research on moral psychology. I'm working with economists and other social scientists to figure out how to make businesses, non-profits, cities, and other systems work more efficiently and ethically by doing ethical systems design


I study morality and emotion, and how they vary across cultures. I am also active in positive psychology (the scientific study of human flourishing) and study positive emotions such as moral elevation, admiration, and awe. My research in recent years focused on the moral foundations of politics, and on ways to transcend the “culture wars” by using recent discoveries in moral psychology to foster more civil forms of politics. Morality, by its very nature, makes it hard to study morality. It binds people together into teams that seek victory, not truth. It closes hearts and minds to opponents even as it makes cooperation and decency possible within groups.


To live virtuously as individuals and as societies, we must understand how our minds are built (see ch. 1 of The Happiness Hypothesis, and Part I of The Righteous Mind). We must find ways to overcome our natural self-righteousness (see ch. 4 of HH, or part II of RM). We must respect and even learn from those whose morality differs from our own (see this talk on politics, or this essay on religion).


To read about the controversy over partisanship in the social sciences, click here

US Cover

The Righteous Mind:



Happiness Hypothesis

The Happiness Hypothesis









Research and Publications (full list)



Major articles:

      Understanding Libertarian Morality (PLoS One, 2012)

      Morality (a comprehensive review of moral psych, Handbook of Social Psych, 2010)

      Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion (on, 2007)

      The New Synthesis in Moral Psychology (in Science, 2007)

      The Emotional Dog and its Rational Tail (in Psychological Review, 2001)


Major talks: See below, and see here.


Recent essays (see more at

     Of freedom and fairness. (Democracy Journal, March 2013)

     We need a little fear. (New York Times, 11/7/12)

     Look how far we've come apart. (New York Times, 9/18/12)

     Forget the money, follow the sacredness. (New York Times, 3/19/12)

     How to get the rich to share the marbles. (New York Times, 2/20/12)



Articles about my work, and other talks available online And see also all the most recent stuff for 2012 at

Upcoming Talks I'm Giving



Positive Psychology Stuff

Curriculum Vitae

Websites I run:
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... (homepage for moral foundations theory)
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... (resources to promote civil politics)
... (A project to foster relationships and understanding across the partisan divide)

TED Salon, NYC, 2013:

The Colbert Report, 2012:

TED 2012:

Interview with Bill Moyers, 2012:

TED 2008:

Mailing address:
NYU-Stern School of Business
Business and Society Program, Tisch Hall 434
40 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012


Email:jhaidt at

Follow me on Twitter here

For speaking engagements contact Michelle Gustaffson ( at Washington Speakers Bureau

Literary agent: Brockman Inc.

Flourishing Book cover


This is a more academic book,
a collection of essays that
I co-edited in 2003.



Last Updated on July 1, 2013 by Jon Haidt

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