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Father Thomas Reese, S.J., is a senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter. He previously was editor-in-chief of America magazine from 1998 to 2005, having served as associate editor from 1978 to 1985. A senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 1985 to 1998 and 2006 to 2013, during the first period Reese wrote three books: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (1989), A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1992), and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church (1997). Inside the Vatican has been translated into Dutch, German, Polish, Korean, and Portuguese. In May 2014 Reese was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which he currently chairs. He has a M.A. in political science from St. Louis University, a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.