Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University

Professor Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2016, having previously served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for seven years.

A political scientist by training, Professor Richardson received a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin in her native Ireland. She then studied in the USA, graduating with an MA in Political Science from UCLA, and subsequently an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University.

Professor Richardson’s research specialises in international security with a particular emphasis on terrorist movements. She has written widely on international terrorism, British foreign and defence policy, security institutions, and international relations.

Professor Richardson has lectured on the subject of terrorism and counter-terrorism to public, professional, media and education groups across the world, and served on the editorial boards of a number of journals and presses.

Her work has been widely recognised through the awarding of prizes such as the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace, and with Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal.

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