The University of Dallas is pleased to announce the formation of the St. John Paul II Teaching Fellow in Social Thought. Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., known for his clear and careful writing as well as his poise and civility in addressing controversial social issues, has been selected the first fellow. Anderson will join the Politics Department as an adjunct faculty member and teach two courses per year. Throughout his two-year fellowship, Anderson will also present lectures and an annual conference in collaboration with the American Public Philosophy Institute (APPI).
Anderson 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." He is currently a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
With the inception of the St. John Paul II Teaching Fellowship in Social Thought, the University of Dallas aims to move forward with plans to establish an institute for Catholic social teaching. This institute will provide degree programs that will offer both the theoretical foundations and the careful consideration of applications of Catholic social teaching, as well as promote research and provide opportunities for continuing education.