Robert Shibley

About Robert Shibley

Robert L. Shibley, FIRE’s executive director, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law. Robert’s undergraduate experience serving as the managing editor of the Duke Review newspaper, which frequently decried (and faced) administrative censorship and bias, led him to a career defending the rights of college and university students and faculty members. Since starting at FIRE in 2003, Robert has aided students and faculty members at dozens of colleges and universities. He is also a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida. As executive director, along with traveling to various campuses to speak about First Amendment issues, Robert has represented FIRE publicly on Stossel, Fox and Friends, and Lou Dobbs Tonight, in national and international radio and TV interviews, and in published editorials in the New York Post, Boston Globe, National Review, Providence Journal, Daily Oklahoman, and other newspapers. He also writes columns for The Daily Caller,, and Pajamas Media. Robert and his wife Araz live in Apex, North Carolina, with their two daughters, Grace and Cecily.


  • Ge*rgetown University Reminds Us Again Why Censorship Is Ridiculous, January 30, 2014

  • Arizona State Turns to Censorship in Wake of Controversial Party, January 24, 2014

  • Video: FIRE on ‘Fox & Friends’, January 20, 2014

  • Do Kansas Regents’ New Social Media Restrictions Threaten Accreditation?, January 9, 2014

  • Catch Greg on Fox Business’ ‘Cavuto’ Tonight at 8!, December 23, 2013

  • ACLU of Mass: We’re Still Waiting to Hear Why ‘Too White’ Afrobeat Band Was Canceled at Hampshire, December 9, 2013

  • Do School Admins Need to Have a Thicker Skin for Discussion of Social Issues?, December 3, 2013

  • The University of Kansas Controversy: Defending the Freedom to Tweet, September 23, 2013

  • OCR Descends into Self-Parody in Front of Incredulous College Lawyers, June 21, 2013

  • Reporting Your Neighbor’s Speech? Don’t Laugh, It’s Coming To A College Campus Near You, June 12, 2013

  • Articles

  •, March 12, 2013, If You Work For Harvard, It’s Possible You’re Being Watched By Harvard

  • The Daily Caller, February 21, 2013, Governor McDonnell should defend religious freedom on Virginia campuses

  • College Insurrection, February 1, 2013, College President Personally Smacked with $50,000 Bill for Violating Constitution

  •, January 15, 2013, A Bit Of The Future Was Lost With The Tragic Death Of Aaron Swartz

  • The Daily Caller, December 26, 2012, 2012: a tough year for free speech on campus

  • Forbes, December 12, 2012, Harvard, Legendary Home Of Harvard Lampoon, Strangles Campus Satire

  • The Daily Caller, November 28, 2012, College to student group: No selling Christmas trees, only ‘holiday’ trees

  • One News Now, October 5, 2012, School’s Censorship Policy Doesn’t Fly

  • The Daily Caller, October 1, 2012, ‘Problem': Offensive speech. ‘Solution': Censorship and vandalism?

  • The Daily Caller, September 26, 2012, Why Eric Posner is wrong about free speech