• Participants march on the street during Alilo, a religious procession to celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Tbilisi, Georgia, January 7, 2018


    Religion, Conflict, and Stability in the Former Soviet Union

    Jan 15, 2018

    Religion is a visible force in the sociopolitical life of post-Soviet countries. Understanding how religion has contributed to peace or tensions in the region could inform policymakers and others working to bring stability to the former Soviet republics.

  • Kathryn Derose at St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, California


    Faith-Based Organizations Promote Well-Being in Underserved Communities

    Jan 4, 2019

    Kathryn Derose, a senior policy researcher at RAND and an Episcopal deacon, works with Latino and African-American churches to address health issues in their communities. Her research has shown the power of the pulpit to fight health disparities, counter stigma, and encourage healthy living.

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    Vanessa Torres

    Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Adjunct Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education Ph.D. in health services, University of Washington; M.P.H. in health promotion and behavioral science, San Diego State University; B.A. in environment, economics & policy; Spanish literature, University of California - Berkeley

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