Riordan Roett (Ph.D.) is the Sarita and Don Johnston Professor of political science and Director of Western Hemisphere Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He is also a board member on a number of closed-end mutual funds at Legg Mason, LLC. From 1983 to 1995, he served as a consultant to Chase Manhattan Bank; from 1994 to 1995 he served as the Senior Political Analyst in the Emerging Markets Division of the bank's International Capital Markets Group; and from 1989 to 1997, he served as a Faculty Fellow of the World Economic Forum at the annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.  Dr. Roett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former national president of the Latin American Studies Association.

In 2000, Dr. Roett was awarded the Order of Rio Branco with the rank of Commander for his work on Brazil, and in 2009 he was named to Order of Bernardo O’Higgins with the rank of Gran Oficial for his academic contributions to Chile. In 2004, SAIS announced the establishment of the Riordan Roett Chair in Latin American Studies.