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May 17, 2016

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Ryan Anderson Honored as Winner of the 2016 Novak Award

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 – The Acton Institute has named The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson the winner of its 2016 Novak Award.

The award recognizes young scholars who have contributed original and rigorous research that advances understanding of theology's connection to human dignity and the importance of limited government, religious liberty, and economic freedom.

A prominent champion of religious liberty and its contribution to the common good, Anderson is Heritage’s William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy. He is the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute, and the author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.

His research has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions, and his commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, where his dissertation was titled, “Neither Liberal nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.” 

“Ryan Anderson’s reasoned and passionate advocacy for marriage and religious liberty is making a difference in public policy debates at both state and federal levels,” said Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. “It is gratifying to see his tireless work and accomplishments be recognized by the Acton Institute, an organization that—like Ryan—is fully dedicated to the service of truth and freedom.” 

Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., The Acton Institute is a nonprofit research and education institute dedicated to promoting a free and virtuous society. Its Novak Award is named after American theologian and social philosopher Michael Novak.  

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