William S. Laufer is the Director of the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research and the Julian Aresty Endowed Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, where he is also Professor of Sociology and Criminology.

His research interests include corporate criminal law, corporate ethics, criminology, and law and psychology. He joined Wharton in 1989 and previously served as Associate Director of the Sellin Center for Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law.

He has won several awards, including multiple Excellence in Teaching Awards, Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Awards, and Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Awards, as well as the National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium: Outstanding Book Award in 2010.

He received his PhD at Rutgers University, his JD at Northeastern University School of Law, and his BA at Johns Hopkins University.