A Brief History of the Institute
The Institute for Policy Research was first organized as The Boys Town Center for the Study of Youth Development, with Dr. James O'Connor of the Department of Psychology serving as its first director. The Center was based in the newly-constructed Aquinas Hall on the campus of The Catholic University of America, and helped support graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research stipends, and academic staff in the National Catholic School of Social Service, the School of Theology and Religious Studies, and the departments of Anthropology, Human Development, and Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Renowned for its empirical research on community, youth and political demographics, the Center, which was later renamed The Life Cycle Institute [LCI], sponsored resident and visiting scholars who constituted 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