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Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

Heritage Foundation
William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy
Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon senior research fellow in American principles and public policy at The Heritage Foundation.
He also is the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J.
Anderson is the author of the “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.” He is the co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of the book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.”
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito cited “What Is Marriage?” twice in his dissenting opinion on the federal Defense of Marriage Act case in 2013. Justice Clarence Thomas cited Anderson’s research in a dissenting opinion in the 2015 Supreme Court marriage case.
Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He holds a 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.” He also holds a master’s degree from Notre Dame.
Anderson has done news interviews on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel, including appearances on “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” and “Piers Morgan Live.”