B.A. Emory University
J.D. Harvard University
Michael J. Naft is a first-year doctoral student working with Geraldine Downey. Prior to coming to Columbia, Mike worked as the general counsel of a hedge fund based in New York City, as a white-collar criminal defense attorney, and most recently as a lab manager for Valerie Purdie-Vaughns. Mike is interested in pursuing research related to institutional bias, decision-making, and moral psychology. He hopes to explore the implications of his work in these areas on questions of justice and ethics across a variety of domains, including law, business, and medicine. Mike received his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and his BA, summa cum laude, in Philosophy, from Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He served as a law clerk or the Honorable Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.