Ryan W. Davis

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. Before coming to BYU, I did graduate work in Princeton University's Program in Political Philosophy, and in Philosophy at Harvard University. Before that, I was an undergraduate at Arizona State University.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, I'm a Visiting Associate Professor at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics.

I write about ethics and political philosophy, and sometimes philosophy of religion. Most of my work relates in some way to the value of autonomy. My research is oriented around a few questions:

    • What are individuals morally required to do, and what explains these requirements?

    • What political rights do persons have, and are some rights more important than others?

    • Do any political institutions or agents enjoy special normative powers or privileges that ordinary persons lack?

    • What is the relationship between moral reasons and religious commitments?

Contact Information:

  • rwdavis at byu dot edu

  • 801.422.9080

  • 745 Kimball Tower/PO Box 25545, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602