Robert Hutchings is the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and served as Dean of the LBJ School from 2010 to 2015. Before joining the school, he was Diplomat in Residence in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he also served as assistant dean of the school and faculty chair of its Master in Public Policy program.
During a public service leave from Princeton University in 2003-05, he was Chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council in Washington. His combined academic and diplomatic career has included service as Fellow and Director of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Director for European Affairs with the National Security Council, and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State, with the rank of ambassador.
Ambassador Hutchings served earlier in his career as deputy director of Radio Free Europe and on the faculty of the University of Virginia, and held adjunct appointments at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is the 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).
Hutchings is a lifetime director of the Atlantic Council of the United States, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and founding president of the Austin Council on Foreign Affairs. A recipient of the National Intelligence Medal and the U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award, he was also awarded the Order of Merit (with Commander's Cross) of the Republic of Poland for his contributions to Polish freedom. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
He is on research leave during academic year 2015-16, spending the fall as Visiting Professor at Princeton University and the spring as Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., where he will be working on a new book on the theory and practice of international diplomacy.