Ethics & Public Policy Center

Mary Hasson

EPPC Fellow Mary Rice Hasson writes on issues at the intersection of Catholicism, gender, sexuality, and family life. Currently working on a book that explores the views of Catholic women on faith, sexual morality, and reproduction, Mrs. Hasson co-authored the ground-breaking report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (2012), which offered new data about the views of church-going Catholic women, ages 18-54, on faith, conscience, and contraception. Download the report>> Read the press release>>

Mrs. Hasson writes commentary for a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications and has been interviewed by media outlets across the spectrum, including CNN, MSNBC, EWTN, the BBC, the AP, and numerous Catholic radio programs. Noteworthy longer publications include her authoritative book, co-authored with Kimberly Hahn, on Catholic homeschooling, Catholic Education: Homeward Bound (Ignatius, 1995), research on television media ratings, published in the professional journal Pediatrics (June 2011), and her analysis of the current landscape in homeschooling, “The Changing Conversation Around Homeschooling: An Argument For More Data and Less Ideology,” in the University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy (2012).

Before joining EPPC, Mrs. Hasson worked for two decades as a professional writer and held leadership roles in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families, developing an expertise in Catholic thought on women, sexuality, and the family. An attorney and member of the D.C. and Indiana bars, Mrs. Hasson earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1984 and received her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame in 1981. She is married and the mother of seven children, ages 13 to 29.

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