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Short Bio

Julian De Freitas is an experimental psychologist who conducts research on ethical intelligence at the intersection of psychology, AI, and ethics. He grew up in South Africa and earned his BA from Yale, his Masters from Oxford, and his PhD from Harvard. Currently an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Marketing Unit of Harvard Business School, he has also held research positions at Stanford and MIT. His work has been published in leading journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and the International Conference on Machine Learning, and has been publicized in venues like Axios, Fast Company, and Scientific American. He has won numerous prizes for his research, teaching, and leadership, including the Rhodes Scholarship, Alpheus Henry Snow Prize (“for the student who has done the most for Yale”), and nine teaching awards, including Harvard College’s prestigious Special Commendation (for 10% of teachers in the college). He has consulted with various companies in the automated vehicle and mental health industries, including Perceptive Automata, Motional, May Mobility, Koa Health, and Replika AI.

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