Ryan Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson

Former Visiting Fellow, Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family

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

This expert is no longer a staff member at The Heritage Foundation.

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. was a visiting fellow in the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family at The Heritage Foundation. He was previously 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 When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

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.

He 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 has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has been published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Weekly Standard, and National Review.

He is the John Paul II Teaching Fellow in Social Thought at the University of Dallas, an adjunct professor of philosophy and political science at Christendom College, 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.

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


After Rhetoric on Unity, Biden Signs Divisive Transgender Executive Order Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Jan 21, 2021 6 min read


Memo to the Supreme Court: Keep the Faithful Free to Foster Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Nov 5, 2020 9 min read


Protect Good Medicine, Stop the Censorship of Good Counseling Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Oct 26, 2020 6 min read



Religious Liberty Is Important, but It’s Not Enough Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Jul 14, 2020 9 min read


Proxy Wars over Religious Liberty Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Mar 30, 2020 16 min read


Decade in Review: Marital Norms Erode

Jan 6, 2020 6 min read


"Fairness for All" Is Well Intentioned but Inadequate and Misguided Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Dec 7, 2019 6 min read