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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VIDEO: Ryan T. Anderson Discusses Gender Ideology, Roe on EWTN News Nightly

August 12, 2021 | EWTN News Nightly

On August 12, 2021, EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson discussed the new infrastructure bill and what it means for religious…

QUOTED: Ryan T. Anderson and Mary FioRito on Bishops’ Draft Guidelines on Eucharist

June 20, 2021 | The New York Times

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson and EPPC Cardinal Francis George Fellow Mary FioRito offered comments in a recent New York Times…

AUDIO: Ryan T. Anderson Hosts Three-Part Religion Unplugged Series on the Equality Act

May 20, 2021 | Religion Unplugged podcast

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson recently guest-hosted a three-part series discussing the Equality Act on the Religion Unplugged podcast, including conversations with Carlo Lancellotti, Margaret McCarthy, and EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Ryan T. Anderson on “Thinking in Public” with Dr. Albert Mohler

May 12, 2021 | "Thinking in Public" podcast

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson appeared on the “Thinking in Public” podcast with Dr. Albert Mohler to discuss think tanks, public policy, and the battle of ideas in America.

VIDEO: EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson on Conservatism, Big Tech, Farm Life, and More

May 10, 2021 | American Moment - "Moment of Truth" podcast

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson appeared on American Moment’s “Moment of Truth” podcast to discuss life on the farm, developing a strong family culture, how conservatives can fight back against Big Tech, and more.

AUDIO: Ryan T. Anderson Discusses American Religion and Public Policy on AEI’s “Unprecedential” Podcast

April 29, 2021 | AEI “Unprecedential” podcast

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson appeared on the American Enterprise Institute’s “Unprecedential” podcast, hosted by Adam J. White, to discuss the relationship between politics and religion in American society.

VIDEO: Ryan T. Anderson on Gender Ideology

April 23, 2021 | Young America's Foundation

On April 23, 2021, EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson spoke to the Young America’s Foundation on gender ideology in America….

VIDEO: Ryan T. Anderson Appears on ‘FOX & Friends First’ To Discuss Big Tech

March 30, 2021 | Fox News Channel

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson appeared on ‘FOX & Friends First’ to discuss Big Tech’s censorship of religious voices.

Ryan T. Anderson joins FNC’s ‘Fox & Friends’ to Discuss Amazon’s removal of When Harry Became Sally

February 28, 2021 | Fox News Channel

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss Amazon’s decision to stop selling his book When…

AUDIO: Ryan Anderson Discusses Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Religious Liberty on AUL Podcast

February 15, 2021 | "Life, Liberty, and Law" podcast

EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson joined Americans United for Life’s “Life, Liberty, and Law” podcast to discuss the basics of human dignity, human rights, and religious liberty as a means to restore American culture.

AUDIO: Ryan T. Anderson on the Daily Signal Podcast

February 1, 2021 | The Daily Signal Podcast

New EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson joined the Heritage Foundation’s “Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss his new role at EPPC and some of the key challenges facing conservatives in the years ahead.