Ana Samuel, Ph.D.

Academic Director

Ana Samuel, Ph.D. is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame, where she completed doctoral work on the political theory and sexual ethics of Montesquieu. She was the first executive director of the Witherspoon Institute at its foundation in 2003. She edited No Differences? How Children in Same-Sex Households Fare and directed the development of the New Family Structures Studies website. In 2013, she helped to launch CanaVox, where she continues to oversee the academic content of the organization and ongoing education of the State Leaders. With their help, she develops the CanaVox reading lists in English and Spanish, and ensures that the articles and stories we promote meet high academic standards, conform to our natural law principles and cheer points, and have heart. Every summer, she enjoys teaching the dialogues of Plato and Aristotle’s moral philosophy to high school students for the Witherspoon Institute’s summer seminars. She and her husband are the grateful parents of six.

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