Ryan T. Anderson


Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

He is the author or co-author of five books, including the just-released Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing. Previous books include When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender MomentTruth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious FreedomWhat Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination. He is 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, as well as the Founding Editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.

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. For his latest essays and videos, you can follow his public Facebook page.

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Ryan T. Anderson on the Lethal Logic of Assisted Suicide

October 18, 2023 | Catholic Information Center

On October 18, Ryan T. Anderson spoke at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. on “The Lethal Logic of…

Ryan T. Anderson on harm caused by abortion

October 2, 2023 | Theology on the Go

Ryan T. Anderson joined the Theology on the Go podcast to discuss the catastrophic failure—social, political, legal, and personal—of legalized…

VIDEO: Your Faith Should Shape the Law. Here’s Why.

June 20, 2023 |

What does the separation of church and state REALLY mean? Ryan Anderson unpacks the answer in this short video.

AUDIO: The Ascendance of Social Conservatism in the Public Square

June 20, 2023 |

Within political discussions on the Right, social conservatism is on the rise. Why did the Right have a libertarian phase,…

VIDEO: One Year Post-Roe–Where does pro-life movement go from here?

June 7, 2023 | Massachusetts Citizens for Life

In this captivating webinar, Anderson and DeSanctis offer their profound insights, analysis, and perspectives on navigating the pro-life landscape after…

When Professions Go Woke, Can Dissenters Survive?

May 26, 2023 | James Madison Program in American Ideas and Institutions

On May 26, 2023, Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions hosted a panel titled, “When Professions…

AUDIO: Ryan T. Anderson on Smart Phones, Sex Workers, and the Common Good

May 11, 2023 | Capitol Record Podcast

On May 11, 2023, Ryan T. Anderson appeared on National Review’s Capitol Record podcast to discuss the current skepticism on…

VIDEO: Responding to the Transgender Movement with Dr. Ryan T. Anderson

April 21, 2023 | Faith & Freedom Seminar

On April 21, 2023, President Ryan T. Anderson joined the Faith & Freedom Seminar hosted by Young America’s Foundation. Ryan’s…