Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on 1 January 2016. Richardson previosuly served as principal and vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews. She specializes in the study of terrorism. Richardson also was executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

A political scientist by training, Richardson has specialized in international security with an emphasis on terrorist movements. Her publications include, Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (2007); What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006); The Roots of Terrorism (2006); and When Allies Differ (1996).

Richardson's research has been recognised with awards from, among others, the Ford Foundation, the Milton Fund, the Sloan Foundation, the Krupp Foundation, the Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the United States Institute of Peace. She has also been awarded the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace. In March 2010, Richardson was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Last Updated: July 31, 2017