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David Masci

Senior Researcher

Expertise: Religion and Law, Religion and Politics, Religion and Science

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David Masci is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, where he is the in-house expert on church-state issues, culture war issues, and religion and science. In this capacity, Masci conducts research and writing and gives public presentations and media interviews on various topics, including gay marriage, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, the controversy surrounding teaching evolution, religious displays (Ten Commandments, Christmas crèches, etc.) and stem cell research. He also serves as one of the project’s senior writers and editors. Before joining the Pew Research Center, Masci worked for 14 years as a journalist for Congressional Quarterly, writing for many of the company’s publications, including The Daily Monitor, CQ Weekly and, most recently, The CQ Researcher. His work has been published in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and a host of other national and regional newspapers. Masci has a bachelor’s in medieval history, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. He has given interviews to most major American newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and has appeared on media outlets such as CNN, ABC News, NBC News and National Public Radio.