Denis Robichaud

Associate Professor, Program of Liberal Studies
Concurrent Associate Professor Medieval Institute; Romance Languages and Literatures; Italian Studies; Member of the Advisory Committee of the Workshop on Ancient Philosophy; Steering Committee Member of the History of Philosophy Forum


M.A. (History, German and Romance Languages and Literatures), Ph.D. (History), Johns Hopkins University

Intensive Italian upper level language certificate, Middlebury College

B.A. (History) Honors; Liberal Arts College, Concordia University, Montreal

Research and Teaching Interests

History of philosophy, intellectual history, philology, Platonism, ancient, medieval, and renaissance philosophy, Italian Renaissance humanism, classical tradition, manuscripts


Robichaud studies the history of philosophy and intellectual history. He works on Platonism, Neoplatonism, Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Philosophy, Italian Renaissance humanism, the classical tradition, and traditions of ancient philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. His research also engages various aspects of philology, premodern manuscript and Early Modern book studies, as well as humanist commentary and textual practices. He is especially interested in the history of Platonism, and its intersections with religious traditions.

His articles have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, and Vivarium: A Journal for Medieval and Early-Modern Philosophy and Intellectual Life. His book Plato's Persona: Marsilio Ficino, Renaissance Humanism, and Platonic Traditions was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018. He co-edited a forthcoming volume, Marsilio Ficino's Cosmology: Sources and Reception. He is presently preparing critical editions and book-length studies of Ficino's Latin translations of Iamblichus's De Secta Pythagorica and Theon of Smyrna's Mathematica, as well as a translation and study of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's De ente et uno.

Robichaud won a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), as well as the Danial Coit Gilman Fellowship and the Charles Singleton Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, he was a scholar in residence in the Classics department of Dartmouth College. He was the 2012 Frances A. Yates Fellow at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. In 2016, he received the Olivia Remie Constable Prize in Medieval Studies to be a Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. In 2018, he was a scholar in residence at the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. He won the Phyllis W. G. Gordan / National Endowment for the Humanities Rome Post-Doctoral Prize and was a resident fellow at the American Academy in Rome during the academic year of 2018-19. During the 2020-21 academic year he was the Jean-François Malle Fellow at I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

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