A Brief History of the Institute

The Institute for Policy Research was organized as The Life Cycle Institute [LCI] in 1974 by one of The Catholic University of America's leading professors of sociology, the late Dean R. Hoge, Ph.D.


Renowned for their empirical research on community, youth and political demographics, LCI’s resident and visiting scholars became The Catholic University of America's internal think tank.


Renamed the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies in 2009, IPR continues to bring rigorous academic research to bear on contemporary questions of interest to policy experts and faith communities.

The Keane Medallion

The Institute’s highest honor, the Bishop John Joseph Keane Medallion, is awarded annually. Bishop Keane was the first rector of The Catholic University of America and was instrumental in locating the University in Washington, DC.


The Medallion was crafted to honor individuals for lifetime service reflecting the vision of the Institute.


The Latin inscription reads: Academia, Patria, Ecclesia.

Past Keane Medallion Awardees

2017:   Ralph McCloud, Director, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 


2016:   Dr. Carolyn Woo, former President & CEO, Catholic Relief Services

2015:   Mary Ann Glendon, former US Ambassador to the Holy See

2014:   His Eminence Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbioshop Emeritus of Washington

2013:   Reverend Monsignor John Enzler, President, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

2012:   Posthumously to Timothy J. May, Esq. Nat. Civic leader, Trustee Emeritus of Catholic University of America

2011:    Honorable Thomas P. Melady, Former US Ambassador to the Holy See


Former Directors






In Memoriam

Dean Hoge, Ph.D
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