“Marriage and the Common Good: Why Citizens of All Faiths Should Care About Marriage Policy”


A Public Lecture

Tuesday, August 5, 7:00-8:30pm

McCormick Hall 101

Co-sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Ryan T. Anderson is the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J. He researches and writes about justice and moral principles in economic thought, health care and education as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation. He also has expertise in bioethics, marriage, religious liberty and natural law theory. His previous positions include assistant editor of First Things; journalism fellow of the Phillips Foundation; and executive director of the Witherspoon Institute, where he was research assistant to Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain. Anderson’s articles have appeared in the Wall Street JournalFirst ThingsWeekly StandardNational ReviewNew AtlantisClaremont Review of BooksTouchstoneBooks and CultureChristianity TodayThe City and Human Life Review. Anderson received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his master’s degree. His research spans the natural law tradition in conversation with classical and contemporary liberalism. The tentative title of his dissertation: “Beyond Private Property and Social Welfare: Economic Justice and Economic Rights.” Anderson’s recent work focuses on the moral and constitutional questions surrounding same-sex “marriage.” He is the co-author with Princeton’s Robert P.George and Sherif Girgis of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (Encounter Books, 2012). The three also co-wrote the article “What is Marriage?” in the winter 2011 issue of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Anderson, George and Girgis filed amicus briefs with the 9th Circuit Court on the appeal of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case reviewing the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, and with the 1st Circuit Court on the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Anderson, who was born in Baltimore, Md., currently resides in Washington, D.C.