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

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Former Directors

Psychology

Founding Director

1974-1982

Psychology

1988-2000

Politics

2005-2015

Sociology

1982-1988

Sociology
2000-2004
History
2015-2016

Psychology

1988

Politics
2004-2005
Robert Destro, J.D.
Law
2016-2019

In Memoriam

Dean Hoge, Ph.D
Sociology
Philosophy
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