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Mary Rice Hasson – IEDM Lecturer


Mary Rice Hasson is a Fellow in the Catholic Studies program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.

A writer and policy analyst, Mrs. Hasson is currently working on a book that explores the views of Catholic women on sexual morality and reproduction and on the Catholic Church’s teachings on those topics. She writes commentary for the Catholic News Agency as well as for a variety of other Catholic websites. In addition, she writes from a natural law perspective for the international human rights website,

She has spoken at numerous conferences over the past 15 years, and has interviewed by a wide range of media outlets—from CNN to EWTN to MSNBC to the BBC—on a variety of family and cultural issues.
For nearly 20 years, Mrs. Hasson has served as an executive or board member of several Catholic non-profits, with particular expertise in program development and funding, and previously served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

A lawyer and member of the D.C. and Indiana bars, Mrs. Hasson graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1984 and from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, with a BA in Government.


Research and Writing

The Changing Conversation Around Homeschooling: When Ideology Speaks Louder Than Data, (Forthcoming article, in press) Journal of Law and Public Policy (2013), University of St. Thomas Law School, as part of the Symposium on “Homeschooling: Rights and Tensions at Home and Abroad.”

What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (2012), Preliminary Report, available from EPPC and Women, Faith & Culture. The report offers new data and insights about the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception.  Download the report>>    Read the press release>>

Parents' evaluation of media ratings a decade after the television ratings were introduced. Co-author, with Gentile DAMaier JAand Lopez de Bonetti B., Pediatrics. 2011 Jul;128(1):36-44. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3026. Epub 2011 Jun 20.


Columns and Short Articles

Zero-Sum Parenting (

·         The Girl Scouts: A “Groundbreaking” Feminist Moment  (Catholic Stand)

·         The Boy Scouts Admit Gay Kids: Does It Matter? (Catholic News Agency)

·         Do We Want to Know? (Catholic News Agency)

·         Will ‘Transgender’ Rights Drive Catholics Out of Public Schools?  (Catholic Stand)

·         Pope Benedict XVI and the Call to Conscience (Catholic Stand)

In Her Words ...

The passion and skill that the IEDM students bring to the table are second to none and the program’s emphasis on measuring development with an eye towards the impact on the individual, institutions, and the community--as well as the achievement of specific program objectives--is a game-changer for development success.– Mary Rice Hasson


Office: 309 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064


Personal Blog:



  • IEDM 502: Grant Research and Writing for International Development


J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School

B.A., government, University of Notre Dame


Areas of Expertise

  • Catholic parenting and sexual morality
  • Social ethics
  • Program development and funding