Philip M. Nichols is the Joseph S. Kolodny Professor of Social Responsibility in Business and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Nichols received his AB from Harvard University and his JD and LLM (international law) from Duke University. Prior to joining the faculty at Wharton, Professor Nichols practiced international law with law firms in Boston and Washington.
Professor Nichols conducts research on corruption, emerging economies, and the institutions of international trade. He has conducted fieldwork in or has worked with organizations in more than thirty countries on issues of corruption control or business development, has served as the Co-Chair of UN/CEFACT LG (the United Nations’ expert committee on trade facilitation), and as Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s interest group on Economic Law. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the interest group on Corruption.
Professor Nichols has been given seventeen teaching awards while at the University of Pennsylvania including the Hauck Award, the Wharton School’s highest teaching award, and the Lindback Award, the University’s highest teaching award. Professor Nichols was also awarded the Class of 1940 Bicentennial Reunion Term Chair, given on the basis of extraordinary service to the University.
In addition to his research activities and teaching responsibilities, Professor Nichols serves as Faculty Director of Stouffer College House, where he and his family reside.