Jay W. Richards, Ph.D.

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D.

William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society

Areas of Expertise

  • Life
  • Religious Liberty
  • Civil Society

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D. is the William E. Simon senior research fellow in Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society.

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Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, where he researches, writes, and speaks on policy that protects life, marriage, religious liberty and civil society.  

Jay comes to Heritage from The Catholic University of America, where he served as Adjunct Professor in the Busch School of Business and the academic content lead for the Tucson Project at Catholic University. He also is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and Executive Editor of The Stream.  

Jay is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human AdvantageMoney, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Partywith Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast

He is also creator and executive producer of several documentaries, including three that have appeared widely on PBS. 

Jay’s articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Washington Post, The New York Post, Newsweek, Forbes, Fox News, National Review Online, The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The Federalist, The Daily Caller, and many other publications.

His work has been covered widely in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Physics Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Congressional Quarterly Researcher.

Jay has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, including Larry King Live (CNN), CBS Evening News, MSNBC, Huckabee, Dayside, Fox and Friends, Studio B with Shepard Smith (Fox News), Glenn Beck TV, PBS, CBN, TBN, and is a regular guest on EWTN.

An experienced public speaker, he has spoken at academic conferences; college and university campuses in the United States, Europe, and Asia; many think tanks in the U.S. and Europe; public policy meetings; and on several occasions to members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. congressional staff. His 2008 debate at Stanford University with Christopher Hitchens, moderated by Ben Stein, was broadcast live to several hundred churches in North America.