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The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC is a global research center located at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. IACS works to create dialogue, spark ideas and sustain academic research on Catholic thought, creative imagination and lived experience. The only institute of its kind in the world, IACS is located at — and receives support from — the University of Southern California.

Our team works with journalists across the globe to share the Institute’s unique story and provide independent commentary, insights and analysis on a broad range of important issues and events.

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IACS President Richard Wood, Ph.D., is a sociology professor and renowned researcher with experience working in the U.S., Latin America and the Middle East. His current research areas focus on the relationship between the Catholic Church, secular society and other spiritual traditions.

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He provides independent analysis, commentary and perspectives on a wide range of issues, including:

The Catholic Church
Pope Francis
Religion and politics
Faith-based politics
Global Catholicism
Religion and science
Political sociology
Sociology of religion
Threats to democracy
Community organizing
Religion and higher education
Religion and propaganda

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