Ryan Anderson, Ph.D.

Ryan Anderson, Ph.D.

Ethics and Public Policy Center


Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the Founding 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. He is also the co-author of  What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense  and  Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, and the co-editor of  A Liberalism Safe for Catholicism? Perspectives from “The Review of Politics.”

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, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, and National Review.

He is the John Paul II Teaching Fellow in Social Thought at the University of Dallas, a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, and a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.

For nine years he was the  William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and has served as an adjunct professor of philosophy and political science at Christendom College, and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University. He has also served as an assistant editor of First Things.

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

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