Visiting Instructor of Political Science
(Politics, Ethics, Religion, Harvard University)
John Robichaux is a Doctoral Candidate, Senior Level Teaching Fellow and Assistant Dean at Harvard University, where he specializes in contemporary Politics, Ethics, Religion, with background in Political Theory, International Relations and Religious Studies. An experienced teacher and adviser, he has served as adviser to twenty-two master's theses while at Harvard, and will be teaching his twentieth course in Fall 2011.
Doctoral Candidate (ABD), Harvard University
M.Div., Harvard University
A.B., Guilford College
My main interests are in the areas of religion and politics, international relations, political theory and conflict studies.
My current research project concerns religion and liberal democracy in the work of John Rawls (social contract theory) and John Courtney Murray (natural law theory). Other areas of research include the ethics and politics of war, religion and human rights, the relationship between theory of religion and political theory, religion in war and conflict, and religion in international relations.
I have conducted field research in several of these areas in China, Bolivia, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Courses at Wheaton this year:
POLS-398 | Global Resource Conflict (Fall 2011)
POLS-109 | International Politics (Spring 2012)
Courses Recently Taught:
International Conflict and Cooperation (Harvard, graduate and undergraduate)
Ethics and International Relations (Harvard, graduate and undergraduate)
Introduction to International Relations (Harvard, graduate and undergraduate)
Introduction to Justice and Rights (Harvard, graduate and undergraduate)
Religion and Society in Latin America (Harvard, undergraduate)
Religion in Modern Literature (Wheaton, Spring 2010)
Other Areas of Interest:
Religion in International Relations
Religion, Conflict, Peace
Religion and Human Rights
Religion and Democracy
Contemporary Issues in Ethics and War
Theories of Democracy
Theories of Power
Theories of Justice
"The Religiosity of the Secular and the Secularity of the Religious," Refereed Conference Paper. American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.
"Religion, Rights, and Democracy," Refereed Conference Paper. The American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 2011.
"Democracy, Power and Religion: Power and Domination in the Liberal Democratic Theory of Rawls and Murray," Refereed Conference Paper. 10th Annual Department of Religion Symposium, Discourses of Ritual and Power, Florida State University, 2011. (Best Paper Award Winner)
"Life, Death and Salvation in El Salvador: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s Martyrdom and the 15th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs," Invited Public Lecture, Brown University, 2006.
"'Martyrs for Truth': Ignacio Ellacuria and the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador," Invited Public Lecture, Brown University, 2006.
"Religious Pluralism and Democratic Practice," Invited Public Lecture, Brown University, 2006.