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The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC is a national and global research center located in Los Angeles at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

IACS works to create dialogue, spark ideas and sustain academic writing on Catholic thought, creative imagination and lived experience. Uniquely positioned on issues of the Catholic presence in the public arena and among only a handful of advanced research institutes in the world focused on the broad Catholic intellectual tradition, 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 related to Catholicism.

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IACS President Richard Wood, Ph.D., is a sociology professor, well-regarded researcher and experienced academic leader. His research has focused on the U.S. and Latin America and he has extensive Catholic contacts in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia. His current research focuses on “public Catholicism” — the Catholic voice at all levels of society and its rootedness in Catholic worshipping communities.

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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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