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Benjamin Rioja Paris was a Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, focusing on executive agencies and administrative law. His work encompassed economic, political, and legal analysis of administrative actions at the federal level and proposals to reform the administrative state. He frequently submitted Public Comments on Federal Regulations to hold agencies accountable for arbitrary and capricious proposals that shirk the obligations of reasonable regulation.
Previously, he was a Graduate Fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health and Welfare Policy, where he focused on identifying anti-marriage policies in federal and state welfare programs and proposing solutions for a pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-work welfare regime. He also worked as an intern for Heritage’s Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, and has worked for Numinar Analytics, an AI-driven data platform for political campaigns.
Benjamin received his MA in Social Science from The University of Chicago, focusing on political theory. His work centered around executive authority, lawmaking, and regime change, especially in classical and medieval political thought. His thesis examined the relationship between Christianity and populism in the Roman histories of St. Augustine of Hippo and Niccolò Machiavelli.
He received his AB cum laude in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Government from Harvard University, where he was Chairman of The John Adams Society.