Christopher Robichaud

Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Office Address
Littauer-214
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 31
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-384-8120
Email: Christopher_Robichaud@harvard.edu
Assistant
Rosita Scarfo (617-496-1739)
Christopher Robichaud

Profile

Christopher Robichaud is Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He received his doctorate in philosophy from MIT. His work focuses on areas in ethics, political philosophy, and social epistemology. Dr. Robichaud has been a member of the faculty since 2006. He also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. Previously, he has taught philosophy courses at Texas A&M University, the University of Vermont in Burlington, and Tufts University.

Currently, his research interests include exploring what a "post-truth" age of politics might be, and what, if anything, can be said for or against such an age. He is also interested in examining what kind of intellectual virtue is captured by the idea of healthy skepticism, and what place such a virtue has within a democratic society. 

Dr. Robichaud is also dedicated to bringing philosophical ideas to a wider audience, and pursues this goal by looking at issues in moral and political philosophy that arise in pop culture stories, especially superhero narratives. His articles can be found in the volumes Superheroes and Philosophy, Supervillains and Philosophy, Batman and Philosophy, Iron Man and Philosophy, X-Men and Philosophy,Spider-Man and Philosophy, Superman and Philosophy,Watchmen and Philosophy, The Avengers and Philosophy, Heroes and Philosophy, True Blood and Philosophy, Walking Dead and Philosophy and Game of Thrones and Philosophy.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Robichaud is currently pursuing the pedagogical goal of "gamifying" certain components of the curriculum at the Harvard Kennedy School. His efforts in using gameplay to facilitate learning have been incorporated into areas ranging from the core MPP curriculum to some Executive Education programs.

Courses

Not Offered

  • DPI-242 Ignorance, Lies, Hogwash, and Humbug: The Value of Truth and Knowledge in Democracies

Spring

  • DPI-201-D The Responsibilities of Public Action
  • DPI-201-I The Responsibilities of Public Action

Research

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

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Robichaud, Christopher. "What Kind of Justice Does Superman Stand For?" Superman and Philosophy. Ed. William Irwin and Mark D. White. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.