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Louise Richardson

Senior Fellow


Louise Richardson

Dame Louise Richardson joined the Carnegie Corporation of New York as its 13th president in January 2023. Previously, Richardson served as vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford (2016-2022) and principal and vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews (2009-2015). A renowned academic leader, she has been the first woman to head each of these institutions.

A native of Ireland, she received a BA in history from Trinity College, an MA in political science from UCLA, and an MA and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. She was assistant and associate professor in Harvard’s Department of Government (1989-2001). A political scientist by training, Richardson has specialized in international security with an emphasis on terrorist movements. She has written widely on international terrorism, British foreign and defense policy, security institutions, and international relations. Richardson also served as executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2001-2008) where she was instrumental in its transformation into an interdisciplinary center promoting scholarship across academic fields and the creative arts.


  • President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Senior Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University