Louise Richardson


Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford


Professor Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on 1 January 2016. A native of Ireland, she studied history in Trinity College, Dublin before gaining her PhD at Harvard University where she spent twenty years on the faculty of the Harvard Government Department and latterly as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Between 2009 and 2015 she was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. Internationally recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on terrorism and counter-terrorism, her book What Terrorists Want, is widely accepted as one of the most influential in the field. She currently serves on the boards of

the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Booker Prize Foundation and numerous other charities. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.