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, where he researches and writes about marriage, bioethics, religious liberty and political philosophy. Anderson, who joined Heritage in 2012, is also 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 co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.” His research was cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, in two separate cases.

Anderson received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He holds a 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 has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has appeared in major newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal as well as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, The Weekly Standard, and National Review.

This spring, Oxford University Press will release Anderson’s new book, “Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination,” co-authored with Sherif Girgis and John Corvino. Anderson also is co-editor with Dan Philpott of “A Liberalism Safe for Catholicism? Perspectives From ‘The Review of  Politics,’” a collection of essays due this spring from  University of Notre Dame Press.

Anderson, who currently resides in Washington, is at work on a book titled “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.”

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