Ryan Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson

William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles & Public Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Religious Liberty
  • Marriage and Family
  • Life
  • Civil Society

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., researches and writes about marriage, bioethics, religious liberty and political philosophy.

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Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.

 

He is the author of Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom and the co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.

 

In spring 2017, Oxford University Press released Anderson’s latest book, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, co-authored with Sherif Girgis and John Corvino. Also in spring 2017, the University of Notre Dame Press released a collection of essays he edited with Dan Philpott titled, A Liberalism Safe for Catholicism? Perspectives from “The Review of Politics.”

 

Anderson received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”

 

Anderson is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University.

 

Anderson’s research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases.

 

Anderson has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Weekly Standard, and National Review.

 

Anderson’s current research focuses on gender identity. His book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment will be released in February 2018.

 

Follow him on Twitter at @RyanTAnd and for his latest essays and videos, follow his public Facebook page