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Professor Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on 1 January 2016, having previously served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for seven years.
"From 1981 to 2001 Richardson served as Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Harvard Government Department, teaching courses on international relations – especially in areas of terrorism, international security and American and comparative foreign policy...
"After her 2001 Radcliffe appointment, she continued to teach, both at Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
"The author of What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (Random House, 2006) and When Allies Differ: Anglo-American Relations in the Suez and Falkland Crises (St Martin’s Press, 1996), Professor Richardson is also the editor of The Roots of Terrorism (Routledge, 2006) and co-editor of Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (United States Institute of Peace, 2007). Professor Richardson has published many journal articles, book chapters, and reviews on the subject of terrorism. She serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals and presses related to security studies. She was awarded the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace. Her 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...
"As a Harvard faculty member, Professor Richardson served in several administrative capacities, including the Faculty Council and committees concerning such issues as undergraduate education, the status of women, human rights and the library. She also served as Director of the Murray Research Center at Harvard. In addition, Professor Richardson currently serves on the advisory board for a number of institutions in the UK, Ireland, and the US, all furthering our understanding of the humanities, political violence, and human rights.
- Director, Universities UK 
- Steering Committee, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
- Advisory Board, Terrorism.openDemocracy 
- Editorial Board, Democracy and Security