Michael Naft

Michael Naft

Research Interests

Ph.D., Columbia University: J.D., Harvard Law School

Courses Taught

UN2660-Stigma and Belonging in a Diverse Society (Spring 2022)


Professor Naft’s scholarship and teaching focus on topics related to stigma, institutional equity, diversity, the criminal justice system, and law.  He is particularly interested in the psychological and structural mechanisms through which discrimination and institutional bias can negatively impact performance, behavior, and interpersonal functioning in a range of contexts, including in organizations, educational institutions, and labor markets.  In 2020, he received Columbia’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Dr. Naft has worked in private equity and as a consultant to emerging growth companies on matters related to organizational design and dynamics, decision making and strategy, and diversity and inclusion.  He previously served as general counsel of an investment management firm based in New York, and was an associate at Covington and Burling, where his work focused on white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation.  He served as a law clerk to Judge Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.