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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Professor Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on January 1, 2016. A native of Ireland, she studied history in Trinity College, Dublin before receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University. 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 recognized 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.

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