• Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., College of William and Mary
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy
Research Areas
  • International Relations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • European Politics
Teaching Areas
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Policy Process and Institutions

Robert Hutchings is the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and he served as dean of the school from 2010 to 2015. Before coming to UT, he was diplomat in residence at Princeton University, where he also served as assistant dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and as faculty chair of its Master in Public Policy program. His combined academic and diplomatic career has included service as director for European affairs with the National Security Council, special adviser to the secretary of state with the rank of ambassador, and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Ambassador Hutchings served earlier in his career as deputy director of Radio Free Europe and on the faculty of the University of Virginia. He is author of four books, including “American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War,” along with many articles and book chapters on U.S. foreign policy and European affairs. His most recent book, co-edited with Jeremi Suri, is “Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy” (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Media Expertise
  • Diplomacy and Statecraft
  • European politics
  • Global Security Studies
  • Transatlantic relations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy


NewsMay 5, 2017
Policy Research Institute Provides LBJ School Faculty Opportunities for Worldwide Research

Policy Research Institute funding will grant 12 LBJ School faculty members the opportunity to pursue important research projects on complex, relevant policy issues.

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NewsApril 19, 2017
LBJ School Students Reinvent Diplomacy in Year-Long Policy Research Project

LBJ School students who took part in the “Reinventing Diplomacy” policy research project, led by professors Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri, explored how countries have changed the way they recruit, select, prepare and train diplomats in today’s global environment.

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Media MentionDecember 12, 2016
Why Trump's Approach to Foreign Policy Has Experts Worried

Ambassador Robert Hutchings calls reports on possible Russian hacking "worrying," saying, "When the intelligence community comes out this forcefully, I take it very seriously." 

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