Ryan T. Anderson

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Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson is at work completing a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His research spans the natural law tradition in conversation with classical and contemporary liberalism. Anderson’s most recent work focuses on the moral and constitutional questions surrounding same-sex “marriage.” With Princeton’s Robert George and Sherif Girgis he is the author of “What is Marriage?”, an article in the Winter 2011 issue of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. The same trio recently filed an amicus brief with the 9thCircuit Court on the appeal of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case reviewing the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, and with the 1stCircuit Court on the challenge to DOMA. Anderson's dissertation is tentatively titled “Beyond Private Property and Social Welfare: Economic Justice and Economic Rights.”

In addition to his academic work, Anderson is editor of Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, NJ. Previously he has worked as the assistant editor of First Things, a Journalism Fellow of the Phillips Foundation, and the executive director of the Witherspoon Institute where he was research assistant to Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain. His articles have appeared in First Things, the Weekly Standard, National Review, the New Atlantis, the Claremont Review of Books, Touchstone, Books and Culture, Christianity Today, The City, and the Human Life Review. Anderson is an alumnus of Princeton University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.