John Robichaux


John Robichaux is a globally-recognized leader in higher education, and one of the world's most successful university executives of the past two decades.

Robichaux has been at the helm of several of the most successful strategic academic initiatives undertaken by the world's top universities during that time. A global leader in transformative academic programming, Robichaux has been at the leading edge of innovative learning initiatives for traditional and non-traditional university students throughout his career, holds the distinction of being the only university executive in multiple fields to have held leadership posts at four Ivy Plus institutions (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Brown), and is often cited as one of the most versatile university executives active today.

Robichaux's successes have come within a wide array of academic areas at these top academic universities. He is known for his mission-driven leadership approach, affable-yet-serious style, instilling deep loyalty among his staff and colleagues, and an unimpeachable reputation for academic and professional integrity, all of which has earned him a lifetime 95% approval rating from his university colleagues over the years.

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A dynamic speaker and executive, Robichaux has also created and executed hundreds of trainings related to executive leadership in university, non-profit, and NGO organizations. He regularly consults internationally in the areas of innovative academic programming and educational and non-profit executive leadership.

A Harvard-educated, award-winning Human Rights scholar, Robichaux's academic research focuses on contemporary issues Politics, Ethics and Religion, with particular focus on International Relations and Human Rights. A highly engaging teacher, he regularly offers courses in Political Science, Religious Studies, International Relations, and Human Rights.


Currently, Robichaux is leading Summer, Inter-Term, and Pre-College Programs at Columbia University, as well as Educational Partnerships, Visiting Student Programs, Post-Baccalaureate Programs, Executive Education, Lifelong Learning, and Certificate Programs at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, where he oversees academic programs serving matriculated and visiting graduate and undergraduate students, as well as adult, and pre-college learners, for both the School of Professional Studies and the University as a whole.



Research and Teaching

Robichaux's research and teaching interests are in ethics in international relations, human rights, religion and politics, and conflict studies.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights (graduate and undergraduate; Stanford)
  • Religion and Politics: Religion in International Conflict (undergraduate; Stanford)
  • International Conflict and Cooperation (graduate and undergraduate; Harvard)
  • Ethics and International Relations (graduate and undergraduate; Harvard)
  • Introduction to Justice and Rights (graduate and undergraduate; Harvard)
  • Religion and Society in Latin America (undergraduate; Harvard)
  • Introduction to International Relations (graduate and undergraduate; Harvard)

Within Ethics, Politics, Religion, Robichaux focuses on the following areas of specialization (AOS): religion and political theory; ethics and international relations, including religion and human rights, war & conflict. He also taught and advised in a number of areas of competency (AOC) within Religion and Society in addition to his specialization in Ethics, Politics, Religion. While at Harvard, he taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Religion, Government and Anthropology departments), the Divinity School, and the Division of Continuing Education. At Stanford, he taught in the School of Humanities and Sciences (Political Science and Religious Studies departments), and was among the most popular instructors in the School and in Stanford's Summer Intensive Series in Human Rights.

Robichaux's field research includes time in Beijing, China; Cochabama, Bolivia; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; and San Salvador, El Salvador.



Robichaux is an award-winning scholar in the area of human rights. Additionally, his academic, professional, and service work has been recognized by organizations as diverse as Harvard University, Rotary International, the National Conference for Community and Justice, among others. 


Experience in Higher Education Administration

Having held his first position in Higher Education Administration in 1996, since that time, Dean Robichaux has progressed in university leadership positions, including posts at Harvard, Stanford, M.I.T., and Brown prior to his current post at Columbia. A well-rounded university administrator, Robichaux has had dean and director-level responsibilities of programs with responsibilities in graduate and undergraduate studies, academic affairs, academic advising, student affairs, judicial affairs/student conduct, service/community learning, continuing/professional education, summer academic programming, academic resource centers, visiting and international student programming, executive education, lifelong learning, study abroad, and partnerships between educational-, community- and industry-based institutions.



Born in Louisiana, and of Cajun heritage, he currently splits his time between the San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley and New York City.