Brian Moriarty

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


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Academic Area

Areas of Expertise

Executive Presence , Leadership Communication, Public Speaking, Strategic Communication, Storytelling, Persuasion, Public Trust in Business

Education: B.A., Boston College; M.A., Wake Forest University; Ph.D., University of Virginia

Brian Moriarty is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, where he serves as course head in the Communication area. He teaches leadership communication and strategic communication in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. Along with his academic expertise, Moriarty is an experienced communication professional. Previously he served as director of the Institute for Business and Society and the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. He has been selected as one of the "Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business" by Trust Across America four times.

He is the author of several articles, chapters and reports on communication, business ethics, and business and society issues. His book from Cambridge University Press, Public Trust in Business, provides business leaders with insight into the creation and maintenance of this critical asset. His articles on public trust in business and government have been featured in publications such as The Washington Post and Forbes.

Since 2008, he has served on the advisory council for Ethisphere Magazine's list of the "100 Most Ethical Companies." He has spoken at a variety of business and academic forums, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Business Ethics, and the Arthur W. Page Society. In 2019 he was chosen as Rising Star in the field of business communication by the Management Communication Association.

He holds a B.A. in political science and English literature from Boston College, an M.A. in religious studies from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia. His dissertation, Dante's Theory of Signs and the Warping of Language, examines the poet's ideas about the relationship of language to human actions and growth.

Moriarty's research interests include: developing executive presence; storytelling; navigating social narratives; and the poetics of leadership. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society's Page-Up division and the Diversity Action Alliance.

In addition to his teaching and research, he is a consultant to corporations, non-profits, and think tanks.

Moriarty lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife and two sons. He is a board member for the Charlottesville TomSox, a summer league team for college baseball players. A long time youth baseball coach, he previously served on the board of the Carson Raymond Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to making the youth sports accessible to everyone. He enjoys trail running, reading, and listening to music.