Paul Barrett

Deputy Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business

Paul Barrett is a writer and editor. Since 2017, he has worked as the deputy director and senior research scholar at the Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University’s Stern School of Business. At the Center, he has focused primarily on the effects of technology on democracy. He has published more than a dozen white papers and numerous opinion articles on the risks and harmful side effects of social media platforms and generative artificial intelligence. Barrett is a guest lecturer in undergraduate business and MBA classes at NYU and co-teaches a seminar each spring at the university’s law school called, “Law, Economics and Journalism.”

Before joining the NYU Stern Center, Barrett worked for more than 30 years as a journalist, primarily for The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. Barrett has written four critically acclaimed nonfiction books that grew out of his journalism, including GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun, which was a New York Times Bestseller. He holds an undergraduate degree in American history and a law degree from Harvard University. Barrett lives in New Jersey with his wife, Julie Cohen, a documentary filmmaker, and their dogs, Toby and Zoe.