Peter Bonilla

About Peter Bonilla

Peter Bonilla has been with FIRE since 2008 and worked with FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program since 2009, becoming director in 2013. As Director he manages FIRE’s caseload, writes frequently for FIRE’s blog,The Torch, and has lectured to student groups and at student conferences around the country. Since January 2011, Peter has also been a contributor for the political commentary website PolicyMic, covering issues in American higher education. Prior to joining FIRE, Peter was Literary Manager of Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, one of the country’s top theatres for the development and production of new politically and socially-themed plays. He is also a past recipient of a fellowship in playwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his first play was produced to critical acclaim in Arizona in September 2011. In 2009, Peter was a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! His undergraduate degree, with a double major in theater arts and economics, is from the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Victory: Indiana U. Dismisses Conduct Charges Based on Student’s Single Email, March 19, 2014

  • Free Speech Concerns Swirl Around Northeastern University’s Suspension of Pro-Palestinian Group, March 14, 2014

  • ‘Unlearning Liberty’: Censorship of Pro-Life Speech at UGA, March 5, 2014

  • ‘Harvard Crimson’ Column: Time to Get Rid of Academic Freedom, February 21, 2014

  • ‘Flat Hat’ Highlights William & Mary’s ‘Green Light’ Rating, January 29, 2014

  • Record Year for Case Submissions Shows FIRE’s Work More Needed Than Ever, January 27, 2014

  • On Professor’s Suspension at KU, Journalism Faculty Get Free Speech Wrong, Anthropology Faculty Get It Right, October 2, 2013

  • The Crimson Tide Rolls: Right Over Pro-Choice Students’ Rights, July 10, 2013

  • FIRE Cases Figure Prominently at This Year’s AAUP Conference, June 11, 2013

  • Trinity College President, Trustee Chair Announce Plans to Step Aside as Debate Rages Over New Social Code, May 6, 2013