Category: Blog


Published: January 30, 2017

Where We Stand: A Letter to The Field Museum Community

Richard Lariviere, President and CEO, Office of President/CEO


Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the White House issued an executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. Like many of you, I am concerned by these actions and stand firmly against them. At this time, it remains unclear the impact this will have on the Museum, our community, our international colleagues, and our work abroad. What remains clear is The Field Museum’s commitment to equality, tolerance, and inclusion.

We value and welcome a diverse community in our halls and in our work around the globe. It is essential to what we do and crucial to our mission and success. In this time of uncertainty, I want to make clear the Museum will support any of our international or local Museum colleagues who might be affected by these rules or changes. We will stand by our long history of welcoming immigrants and talented people from around the world to join us in the open exchange of ideas that further science.

To my knowledge, none of our staff members are directly affected by the order. The Executive Team is closely monitoring the impact and details of this situation and will continue to do so. 

I ask that you support each other, our community, and our visitors as we navigate the road ahead.



Richard Lariviere, PhD
President and CEO
The Field Museum

Richard Lariviere
President and CEO, Office of President/CEO

Richard Lariviere has been the President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2012.

Before joining the Field, 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. Prior to 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 and is 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 other 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 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, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of the Society for Design and Process Science, the Economic Club, and the Chicago Club. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has earned several awards for outstanding contributions, including the Margaret C. Berry Award in 2004 from the University of Texas and the Eyes of Texas 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.