The Catholic University of America

The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars and researchers engaged in the analysis of public policy issues related to Catholic social thought.  The work of the Institute serves and speaks to the university, the Church, the country, and the disciplines of its fellows.

Senator Marco Rubio

As a part of the IPR National Policy Forum series, Senator Marco Rubio spoke at The Catholic University of America on July 23. Video of the event is now available here.

All information about the event can be found here.

We've Moved!

IPR has a new location and new offices! We are now located just down the road at Theological College.  Our mailing address remains the same (CUA, IPR, 620 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington DC 20064) however if you decide to stop by for a visit the new address is:

Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
415 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington DC 20017

IPR in the News

IPR's Chen Guangcheng has a new article in the Washington Post on how he is still waiting on China to honor its pledges.

IPR's Robert Christian has a new article in Time on the Catholic Church and President Obama’s recently outlined agenda for working families.

Upcoming Events

For all events, please visit our blog at

IPR Video Contest

The results are in! To see who won this year's video contest, please visit our blog page.

Past Events

Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism 
A range of Catholic experts look at libertarianism and why it is incompatible with Catholic social teaching. The experts will examine libertarian economic, political and cultural ideas and contrast these with Catholic understandings. The keynote will be given by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Chairman of the Council of Cardinals that advises Pope Francis on the universal governance of the Catholic Church

Spiritual Leadership For Challenging Times: Leading From the Emerging Future 
The goal of this full-day event is to expose participants to the spiritual leadership practices used by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its member congregations, as a way of planting seeds or expanding awareness about a different way of leading, a way that is inclusive, community-centered, more democratic, and wholly spiritual/contemplative.  The hope is that by planting seeds, participants can begin to imagine how Spiritual Leadership practices could be used for informative work in their own organizations and communities.  The conference will also invite people to identify specific next steps for beginning this work.

Brownbag Lecture with Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty will talk about her experiences of "Religion & Public Life". Video coming soon!

Brownbag Lecture with Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook. Former Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom spoke on the subject of "Religion & Public Life."

Brownbag Lecture with Rev. Charlie Currie, S.J.  The Executive Director of the Jesuit Commons at Georgetown University spoke on the subject of “Religion & Public Life.”