Dr. Louise Richardson
Louise Richardson is Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from Trinity College, Dublin and an MA and PhD in government from Harvard University. From 1989 to 2001, Richardson was Assistant and Associate Professor of Government at Harvard. She teaches courses on terrorism at Harvard College, Graduate School, and Law School. A political scientist by training Richardson has specialized in international security with an emphasis on terrorist movements. Her recent publications include What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006); The Roots of Terrorism (2006); Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (2007), and When Allies Differ (1996) along with numerous articles on international terrorism, British foreign and defense policy, security institutions, and international relations. She is co-editor of the SUNY Press series on terrorism. Richardson’s current research projects involve a study of patterns of terrorist violence and a study on counter-terrorism lessons to be derived from earlier experiences with terrorism. She is married to Thomas Jevon ’75 MD. They have three children.