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Mary J Ruwart, PhD — well known as an expert in libertarian communication — is a research scientist and libertarian speaker, writer, and activist. She is the author of the award-winning international best-selling book, Healing Our World, and of Short Answers to the Tough Questions.

Since May of 1997, she has authored the very popular column “Ask Dr. Ruwart” for the Liberator Online, the Advocates for Self-Government’s bi-weekly email newsletter. In her column, she answers questions from people who are curious about the libertarian position on various issues and also supplies short answers for libertarians to use when they are asked similar questions. This column forms the basis for this special Libertarian Answers website.

Dr. Ruwart is a member of the National Committee of the Libertarian Party and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty.

She holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in biophysics. After a brief term as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at St. Louis University Medical School, she spent 19 years as a pharmaceutical research scientist for Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. She has used her expertise to write extensively on the subjects of government regulation of the drug industry as well as on libertarian communication.