Greg Lukianoff

About Greg Lukianoff

Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and has been with FIRE since 2001, when he was hired to be the organization’s first director of legal and public advocacy. Greg is a member of the State Bar of California and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Greg is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and has published articles inThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, the New York Post, The Stanford Technology Law Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reason, Congressional Quarterly, The Charleston Law Review, and numerous other publications. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post and authored a chapter in Templeton Press’s anthology New Threats to Freedom, edited by Adam Bellow. Greg is a frequent guest on local and national syndicated radio programs, has represented FIRE on national television shows, including CBS Evening News, The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy, The Abrams Report, Hannity and Colmes, Stossel, Scarborough Country, and Buchanan and Press, and has testified before the U.S. Senate about free speech issues on America’s campuses. In 2008 he became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum’s Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE.

Greg is a graduate of American University and of Stanford Law School, where he focused on First Amendment and constitutional law. Before joining FIRE, Greg practiced law in Northern California, interned at the ACLU of Northern California and the Organization for Aid to Refugees in Prague, Czech Republic, and was the development manager of the EnvironMentors Project in Washington, D.C. Greg, along with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French, is a co-author of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. Greg is also a proud member of the board of directors of Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile.


  • Global Unrest Prompts Professors to Blame First Amendment, October 5, 2012

  • New FIRE Video: ‘Steven Pinker on Taboos, Political Correctness, & Dissent’, September 13, 2012

  • FIRE Co-Founder Alan Charles Kors Featured on ReasonTV, September 11, 2012

  • Support FIRE and Get a ‘Firefly’ Poster Today!, August 15, 2012

  • Help FIRE Send a Message to Higher Ed, August 13, 2012

  • Now Available for Pre-Order: ‘Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate’ by FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, June 25, 2012

  • Eleventh Circuit to University Administrators: Respect Student Rights, February 9, 2012

  • Neil Gaiman talks ‘Firefly,’ free speech on campus, and one of the craziest cases of the year, December 29, 2011

  • OCR’s April 4 Letter and Opposition in the National Media, December 26, 2011

  • We Can’t Afford Campus Censorship, December 9, 2011

  • Articles

  • March 21, 2014, From UCSB to Dartmouth: Free speech gets torn up and run over, literally

  • March 10, 2014, Disinvitation Season, Free Speech, and Unlearning Liberty

  • December 17, 2013, Epic Coalition Joins Fight for the Right to Dissent on Campus in ‘Facebook Collage’ Case

  • November 26, 2013, ‘Kindly Inquisitors’ and How We All Lose the ‘Offendedness Sweepstakes’

  • October 30, 2013, No Greek Letters Allowed on One Public Campus

  • October 22, 2013, Unlearning privacy: the NSA and the modern American college campus have more in common than you might think

  • October 10, 2013, See you in court: The college that prevented a student from handing out Constitutions is sued in federal court

  • The Huffington Post, September 19, 2013, On Constitution Day, California College Student Ordered to Stop Handing out Constitutions

  • The Huffington Post, September 12, 2013, 11 Student and Faculty Victories Over Campus ‘Free Speech Zones’

  • Forbes, September 10, 2013, LSU’s ‘Free Speech’ Zones Raise A Disturbing Question: Are We Losing The War?