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Richard W. Lariviere is the president of the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. He took over the post on October 1, 2012.[1] Previously, he served as the President of the University of Oregon from July 2009 until November 2011.

Richard W. Lariviere
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Born Chicago, Illinois, US
Nationality United States
Spouse(s) Janis Worcester (1984–present)
Academic background
Alma mater University of Iowa (B.A.) (1972)
University of Pennsylvania (PhD.) (1978)
Academic work
Institutions University of Texas at Austin (1982–2006)
University of Kansas (2006–2009)
University of Oregon (2009–2011)
Field Museum (2012–)


Early life and educationEdit

Lariviere was born in Chicago and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He earned a B.A. in History of Religion from the University of Iowa in 1972, where he was 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.[2]


Prior to serving as the president and CEO of Field Museum, 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 International Programs at UT Austin.

Additionally, Lariviere has had a successful career as a consultant for American and Indian companies in information technology and business process outsourcing. He also served on corporate boards in the IT industry in Europe and India.

Recognitions and awardsEdit

Lariviere is a Fellow of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity & Capital in Austin (IC² Institute), 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. 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 ƒtranger 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.


  1. ^ Johnson, Steve. "Vote makes Richard Lariviere's appointment as Field Museum head official". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Our Staff, The Field Museum

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