David Deerson

About David Deerson

David is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) with a B.A. in philosophy and history and a minor in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). While in school, he served as president of the UNC Young Americans for Liberty, with whom he won YAL’s national free speech activism award. His undergraduate activism also earned him a spot in FIRE’s Prometheus Society. David joins FIRE after gaining experience working professionally in college outreach and activism coordination at Students For Liberty.


  • Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to Present Award to Stand Up For Speech Plaintiffs, January 29, 2015

  • Stand Up For Speech Plaintiffs Celebrated in ‘Honolulu Star-Advertiser’, December 29, 2014

  • College Students: Apply to FIRE’s Summer Internship Program!, December 16, 2014

  • Apply Now for FIRE’s 2015 Summer Internships!, November 20, 2014

  • ‘Three Reasons to Affirm Free Speech’: Steven Pinker’s Keynote Address for FIRE’s 15th Anniversary, October 27, 2014

  • Student Spotlight: Levi Gourdie, Free Speech Victor at Butler University, October 15, 2014

  • UK-based Magazine spiked on ‘Why It’s Bad to Be Protected From Offence’, October 10, 2014

  • A Timely Broadside—Ronald K.L. Collins’ Review of ‘Freedom From Speech’, September 10, 2014

  • Azhar Majeed’s Simple Message to College Administrators: End Censorship, or Else, September 3, 2014

  • FIRE President Discusses His New Book and Future of Free Speech in Cato Podcast, August 19, 2014