Faculty & Research

John Paul Rollert

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science

Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

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, and the Yale Law Journal Online. In addition to his academic work, he frequently writes on business, law, and politics for a variety of popular publications. His work has been featured in The New Republic, Harper's, Politico, Bloomberg, The Harvard Business Review Online, The Washington Post, Slate, The Atlantic, The Paris Review and The New York Times.

A graduate of Harvard College, Rollert earned his JD from Yale Law School and an MA from The Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Since 2005, he has taught courses in business ethics and leadership to business professionals at Harvard.


2015 - 2016 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
38115 Ethics of Business 2015 (Fall)
38115 Ethics of Business 2016 (Spring)

Other Interests

Law, politics, Chicago


Research Activities

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

"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).

"Reversed on Appeal: The Uncertain Future of President Obama’s 'Empathy Standard,'" 120 The Yale Law Journal Online 89 (2010).

"A Matter of Trusts," Slate Magazine (December 20, 2011).

"The Moral Crisis of Modern Capitalism," Salon (November 9, 2011).

"Adam Smith and the Wall Street Bonuses," The Huffington Post (February 16, 2011).

"Ben Franklin’s MBA Oath," Harvard Business Review Online (July 28, 2010).