Ryan T. Anderson

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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.

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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 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 PolicyFirst 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 9 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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Engaging Secular Modernity

Ryan T. Anderson

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson joined Msgr. James P. Shea, president of the University of Mary, to discuss secular modernity and his work engaging questions of the human person in the public square.

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Prime Matters / November 18, 2021

Trans Is a Flawed Defense of Reality

Ryan T. Anderson

While Helen Joyce’s Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality succeeds in marshalling evidence of the concrete harms that stem from gender ideology, it fails to wrestle with the underlying worldview that got us here.

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Washington Examiner / September 10, 2021

INTERVIEW: Ryan Anderson on Gender Ideology and Taking on the ‘Woke Elite’: Christian Vision Counters…

Ryan T. Anderson

In an email interview, Anderson discussed with the National Catholic Register the recent federal court blocking of the transgender mandate, the need for conscience protections, and how orthodox believers can be best equipped to take on the nonstop onslaught of gender ideology.

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National Catholic Register / August 16, 2021

Roe v. Wade Was a Lousy Decision. The Supreme Court Should Take the Opportunity to…

Ryan T. Anderson

In what will prove to be the most watched – and most important – Supreme Court case in nearly half a century, the court will have an opportunity to correct a grievous error, one that has not only lent legal, indeed constitutional, cover to the elective killing of unborn children literally by the millions, but has also deeply corrupted American constitutional jurisprudence.

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USA Today / August 3, 2021

A Final Chance for SCOTUS to Deliver Justice for Barronelle Stutzman

Ryan T. Anderson

In our pluralistic society, the answer to our disagreements cannot be to strip grandmothers of their life’s savings because they refuse to, in effect, say things, or use their personal gifts to assist others in saying things, that are contrary to their beliefs.

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National Review Online / July 31, 2021

The Bishops, Biden, and Communion

Ryan T. Anderson

Clarity on sacramental and moral theology can be viewed as politicization by politicians and the millions of Americans they represent only because two generations of Americans have been poorly catechized. The task for the bishops is to rebuild basic moral and sacramental coherence among the faithful.

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The Wall Street Journal / July 2, 2021

“He Knows What He Is About”: Living a Life That Matters

Ryan T. Anderson

As you go through life, ask yourself whether what you’re doing will matter from the perspective of eternity. After all, the only success of ultimate importance is faithfulness. The only real tragedy in life is not to have loved and served God.

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Public Discourse / June 14, 2021

Called to Courage

Ryan T. Anderson

God calls each of us by name to a specific path of holiness and service to others. Important as professional success may be, the only success of ultimate importance is holiness.

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Public Discourse / May 18, 2021

Clarence Thomas is Right About Big Tech

Ryan T. Anderson

How should conservatives think about the intersection of property rights, government regulation, and Big Tech? Part of answering this question requires us to gain a better understanding of the American legal tradition’s sources, recovering them from recent distortions. Justice Clarence Thomas recently sought to educate us on just this.

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National Review Online / April 19, 2021

America, Liberalism, and Catholicism

Ryan T. Anderson

Catholics should not think of discussions about the Church’s relationship to American liberalism as a battle royal between competing camps—but as a conversation among friends seeking the truth in community.

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Public Discourse / April 15, 2021

What’s Next for Republicans?

Ryan T. Anderson

Today, a new fusionism is forming that evaluates social, economic, and foreign policies by asking how effectively they defend core American values like life, marriage, work, and religion.

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Princeton Alumni Weekly / March 29, 2021

When Amazon Pulled My Book on Transgender Issues, It Tried to Shut Down Debate

Ryan T. Anderson

People with gender dysphoria aren’t faking it and their situation is tragic. But there is genuine disagreement about the best treatment.

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USA Today / March 19, 2021