Benjamin Rioja Paris is a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation focusing on regulations, regulatory policy, and the administrative state. His work encompasses analysis of the effects of government regulations, evaluation of proposals to reform executive agencies, and theoretical examination of the administrative state as a whole.
Previously he was a graduate fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health and Welfare Policy, where he focused on identifying and analyzing anti-marriage policies in federal and state welfare policies. 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 the Social Sciences 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. He has written extensively on the relationship between Christianity and populism in the work of St. Augustine of Hippo and Niccolò Machiavelli.
He received his AB cum laude in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Government from Harvard University, where he was Chairman of The John Adams Society. He hails from just outside Chicago, IL, and currently lives in the District of Columbia.