John Clarke

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Professor of Practice

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Professor John F. Clarke’s extensive international work experience distinguishes him as an advisor and collaborator with a global reach.

He brings a robust international academic and professional background to his work at Freeman, as well as a dedication to preparing students for their careers with cutting-edge instruction that ties theory to the realities of the business world.

As a North American based management consultant he worked extensively in Europe and Asia. He began taking students abroad in 2005 and has since led more than a thousand students on international experiences. He developed and taught immersion experiences in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.


Professor Clarke teaches the core Entrepreneurship course to PMBA and full-time MBA students, a New Product Design elective to MBA students, International Global Business to students in the Master of Management program, and a Healthcare Industry Seminar – a joint course between the business and medical programs.

In all of his courses he is keen to develop critical thinking and logical problem solving skills. He encourages students to develop cognitive ambidexterity such that they become leaders comfortable and capable as both creative and predictive problem solvers.


Real-World Experience: Professor Clarke has a varied professional background, including experience working with startups, community organizations, and over a decade as a management consultant – all of which he draws on to bridge his students’ academic training with practical application in the real-world.

International Focus: Clarke’s extensive experience in Asia, Europe, and North America includes working as a consultant in seven countries, serving as a visiting professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and London South Bank University, living on four continents, teaching students from all over the world, and leading immersion trips to Asia, Europe, Middle East, and South America.

Distinguished Teaching: Professor Clarke focuses on experiential learning in the classroom, constantly striving to get students engaged with executives in the industry. He has been recognized for his work with a number of honors including Inc. Magazine Top 10 Entrepreneurship Courses.

Memorable Moment

Graduation is always an exciting time for Professor Clarke and this year was no exception. "At Tulane graduation is a whole series of celebration events rolled together. This year we held the Freeman School graduate ceremony on Friday which was followed by Wave Goodbye on the main quad. The Unified Commencement was held at the Super Dome on Saturday morning. By the end of it all my wrist ached from shaking so many hands and my face ached from smiling for two days straight!"

Education & Affiliations

BEng Material Science and Engineering
PhD Physics


Professor Clarke enjoys spending time with family, friends, and especially his three kids, two who are Tulane undergrads (Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Physics), and one who is attending Benjamin Franklin High School.

Finding ways to enjoy everything that NOLA has to offer is an ongoing challenge for Professor Clarke. From early morning walks in the park to late night music sessions, from dive bars to epic restaurants, from impromptu gatherings to Mardi Gras Balls - there is never a dull moment in this Professors social schedule!
Clarke feels that New Orleans is the most unique city in America. "It is by far the biggest small city there is and it is unbelievably rich in culture, people, food, neighborhoods, music, architecture, and more.
New Orleans is a city of contrasts, it has the bones of an old-world trading city and the energy of a young college town."

Professor Clarke is currently renovating a 1920s uptown home close to campus. "It has to be a passion because tackling years and years of termite damage, knob and tube wiring, galvanized steel water pipes, a hundred year old octopus boiler, live gaslight pipes in the ceilings, rats nests, and roach poop filled lath and plaster walls requires requires a unique combination of stupidity, stubbornness, and occasionally some skill. It also helps to have a super supportive wife who is as patient as a saint."