Jeffrey Seglin

Lecturer in Public Policy
Director, Communications Program
Shorenstein Center
Office Address
Taubman-258
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 113
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-8435
Email: Jeffrey_Seglin@hks.harvard.edu
Assistant
Alison Kommer (617-495-1329)
Jeffrey Seglin

Profile

Jeffrey L. Seglin, Lecturer in Public Policy, writes The Right Thing, a weekly column on general ethics that has been syndicated by Tribune Media Services since September 2010. From 2004 through 2010, he wrote an ethics column distributed by The New York Times Syndicate. From 1998 through 2004, Seglin wrote a monthly business ethics column for the Sunday New York Times Money and Business section. Prior to 1998, Seglin was an executive editor at Inc. magazine. He is the author ofThe Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Todays Business, which was named one of the Best Business Books of 2003 by the Library Journal.

From 1999 until 2011, Seglin was a tenured associate professor at Emerson College in Boston where he was also the director of the graduate program in publishing and writing. He is an ethics fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and was a resident fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard in 1998-99.

Seglin lectures widely on business ethics. He has spoken at the Executive MBA Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Fast Track Executive MBA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, Duke Corporate Education, and elsewhere. He was the host of "Doing Well by Doing Good," an hour-long live television program airing out of WCVE, PBSs Richmond affiliate. He has also lectured on writing and other topics.

He has contributed commentaries to Public Radio's Marketplace, and is regularly featured as an expert on ethics on CNN, CNBC, Fox 25 Boston, and other media outlets. He has written for publications includingFortune, Real Simple, FSB, Salon.com, Time.com, Sojourners, MIT's Sloan Management Review, Harvard Management Update, Business 2.0, and ForbesASAP among others.

Seglin holds a masters degree in theological studies from The Divinity School at Harvard University, and a bachelor of arts degree in English from Bethany College in West Virginia. He lives in Boston with his wife, Nancy, a therapist.

Courses

Fall

  • DPI-830-A Advanced Intensive Writing: Column and Opinion Writing

Spring

  • DPI-830-B Advanced Intensive Writing: Column and Opinion Writing

Media Expertise

Jeffrey Seglin welcomes media inquiries on the following subjects:

Additional experts may be found by clicking on each subject listed. You may contact faculty directly or if you need assistance contact the Communications Office at 617-495-1115.

Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Are cleaners cleaning up too much?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). February 9, 2014.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Why is this fine wine making me a bit queasy?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). February 2, 2014.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Lying to get a coupon discounts your values." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 26, 2014.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "After snow, should car be towed?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 19, 2014.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "The golden cone of silence." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 12, 2014.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "A new year and a look back at what got your attention." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 5, 2014.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Honestly inspecting a few good men." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). December 29, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Does my new job mean I've sold out?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). December 22, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Doing right when no one is looking." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). December 15, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Cellphones and movie theaters shouldn't mix." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). November 24, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Should you tip lousy waiters?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). November 17, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Should college applicants write their own reference letters?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). November 10, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "OMG, I can't believe i offended you." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). November 3, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Readers: It’s time to share." Columbus Dispatch (Tribune Syndicate). October 27, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Take filled job postings down." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). October 20, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Whose post is this anyway?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). October 13, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "We got your cell phone right here." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). October 6, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Who buys the books when?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). September 29, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Telling clients the truth even if it drives a wedge." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). September 22, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "How to handle a bad reference." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). September 15, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Deciding whether to do your best work." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). September 8, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Must I take this job offer if a better one comes along?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). August 25, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Disclosing one another's email addresses." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). August 18, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Who gets into the hall?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). August 11, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Did you read my email?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). August 4, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "You look, you pay." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). July 28, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Striking out to set the record straight." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). July 21, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "How table squatters can ruin a perfect cup of coffee." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). July 14, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Comparison pricing doesn't always mean leaving the store." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). July 7, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Should colleges pay athletes to play?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). June 30, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "To give or not to give to student activities?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). June 23, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Finders not always keepers." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). June 16, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Grading students on the merits." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). June 9, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Like pulling teeth to settle a bill." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). May 26, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Do you hear what I hear?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). May 19, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "The homeless at the door." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). May 12, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Signs of our times." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). May 5, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Sweeping others' mistakes under the rug." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). April 28, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Who were you again?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). April 21, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "They get it wrong, you get it free." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). April 14, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "How we use the words we do." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). April 7, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Is haggling over price sometimes wrong?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). March 31, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "I sure can't help you." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). March 24, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Return to sender, please, return to sender already." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). March 17, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Day-old food takes on a new life." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). March 10, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Stand by your grade." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). February 24, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "My $500 hamburger." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). February 17, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "What subjects should expect from writers." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). February 10, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "An expensive drinking lesson." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). February 3, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Looking a gift card in the mouth." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 27, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "Am I my neighbor's tax keeper?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 20, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "We may speak resentment, but our actions reveal the truth." Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 10, 2013.
    • Seglin, Jeffrey. "If you don't speak up against bad public behavior, who will?" Chicago Tribune (Tribune Syndicate). January 8, 2013.