Friday 23 March 2018

Irish woman set to be appointed as first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University in 786-year history

Professor Louise Richardson (Photo: Oxford University)
Professor Louise Richardson (Photo: Oxford University)
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

An Irish woman is set to be appointed the first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University in in its 785-year history.

Waterford native, Professor Louise Richardson (56), a political scientist with an internationally-renowned expertise in terrorism, has already carved out a stellar international career, and has been principal and vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews in Scotland since 2009.

Prior to joining St Andrews, Professor Richardson lived and worked in the United States where she was Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

One of seven children, she grew up in Tramore, and was  a pupil at  St  Angela’s, an Ursuline secondary school in Waterford.

Her interest in politics began at an early age and as a teenager in the 1970s  was fascinated by the unfolding Troubles in northern Ireland.

Prof Richardson did a degree in history at Trinity College and  pursued an MA in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA and PhD in Government at Harvard.

Among her publications are What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat' ( 2006) and 'When Allies Differ: Anglo-American Relations in the Suez and Falkland Crises' (1996).

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