Richard Lariviere, Ph.D.
President and CEO
The Field Museum
In April 2012, The Field Museum’s Board of Trustees elected Dr. Richard Lariviere to be President and CEO of the Museum. Lariviere assumed responsibilities of this position in early Fall 2012.
Previously, Lariviere was the President of the University of Oregon (UO) from July 1, 2009 through November, 2011. During his tenure there, he cultivated the university’s growing reputation for innovation in the classroom and in research, sharpening the University’s focus on sustainability and international partnerships.
Before arriving at Oregon, Lariviere was Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Kansas from 2006 to 2009, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin from 1999 to 2006. Lariviere also served as the inaugural Associate Vice President for the Office for International Programs at UT Austin.
Lariviere was born in Chicago and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in the History of Religions from the University of Iowa in 1972 – a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1978, he earned his Doctorate in Sanskrit from the University of Pennsylvania. After spending time in India, Lariviere built an impressive academic career around the country’s languages, histories, religions and culture. He has published articles and several books on Indian legal history. He reads eight languages and speaks French and Hindi. He has conducted research in London, Oxford, Calcutta, Poona Kathmandu, Tokyo, Beijing, Lahore, Munich, Colombo and Madras, and many smaller cities.
He had a successful career as a consultant for American and Indian companies in information technology and business process outsourcing. He has also served on corporate boards in the IT industry in Europe and India.
Lariviere is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation, Creativity & Capital in Austin (IC2), a life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, a life Member of the American Oriental Society, and a Founding Member of the Society for Design and Process Science, and the Chicago Club.
He has earned several awards for outstanding contributions, including the Margaret C. Berry Award in 2004 and the Eyes of Texas Award in 2004 and 1993. He was selected by the Royal Dutch Academy to give the annual Gonda Lecture in 1994, and the Collège de France honored him with the status of Professeur étranger in 1996. In 1989, his book on Indian legal procedure was selected as the best book of the year on South Asia by the CESMEO Institute in Torino, Italy.
University of Iowa, BA, 1972, History of Religions
University of Pennsylvania, PhD, 1978, Oreintal Studies, Sanskrit and Classical India