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Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Christopher Robichaud is a lecturer in ethics and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests focus on areas in ethics, political philosophy, and social epistemology. 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.
Robichaud is 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 multiple volumes, including Superheroes and Philosophy (Open Court, 2005), Supervillains and Philosophy (Open Court, 2009), and Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). He recently contributed online content to the EdX Smithsonian course, "The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture."
Robichaud is currently pursuing the pedagogical goal of gamifying certain components of the curriculum at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Extension School. His efforts in using gameplay to facilitate learning have been incorporated into areas ranging from the core masters in public policy curriculum and some executive education programs at the Harvard Kennedy School to active weekend learning exercises at the Harvard Extension School.