Faculty & Research

John Rollert

John Paul Rollert

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science

John Paul Rollert's teaching and research focus on the intellectual history of capitalism, the ethics of leadership, and the application of empathy to law, business, and politics. He is also interested in the political economy and moral philosophy of Adam Smith.

Rollert has been published in the Business and Society Review, The Journal of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Raritan, Common Knowledge, Critical Inquiry, Society, and the Yale Law Journal Online, and he also has forthcoming work in the Business and Professional Ethics Journal. In addition to his academic work, Rollert frequently writes on business, law, and politics for a variety of popular publications. He writes the In-House Ethicist for the Chicago Booth Review, and his work has been featured in The New Republic, Harper's, Fortune, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Slate, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. For writing featured in The Atlantic, he was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in its 2017 “Best in Business” Competition.

A graduate of Harvard College, Rollert earned his JD from Yale Law School and a PhD from The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Since 2005, he has taught courses at Harvard in ethics, politics, and leadership.


2020 - 2021 Course Schedule

Number Title Quarter
38115 Ethics of Business 2020  (Autumn)


Other Interests

Law, Politics, Art, Literature & Chicago


Research Activities

Adam Smith; the ethics of empathy; the moral psychology of leadership; the history of philanthropy; business ethics; Supreme Court jurisprudence; modern American politics

"How To Succeed in Life:  Benjamin Franklin at Business School" Common Knowledge Vol. 21, Number 3 (2015)

"Dispirited: A business school professor studies the world's worst airline" The New Republic, April 16, 2015

"Greed Is Good: A 300-Year History of a Dangerous Idea" The Atlantic, April 7, 2014

"Sleight of the 'Invisible Hand'" The New York Times, October 21, 2012

"Does the Top Really Support the Bottom? - Adam Smith and the Problem of the Commercial Pyramid," Business and Society Review, Volume 116, Issue 2 (2011).