Daniel Burnett

About Daniel Burnett

Daniel graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Before joining FIRE, he worked at a global development non-profit and as the director of communications at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, where he defended strong liberal arts curricula and advocated for increased transparency and accountability on campus. In his spare time, Daniel likes studying American history, brunching, and playing kickball. Daniel knows for a fact that Dolly Parton is the best human on Earth, but he believes in your right to disagree.


  • FIRE launches database of college leaders’ statements on free speech, due process, September 27, 2017

  • Is North Carolina the country’s best state for campus free speech?, June 29, 2017

  • FIRE’s ‘green light’ schools top Heterodox Academy’s just-released guide to colleges, June 20, 2017

  • Texas Southern dropping Sen. Cornyn is just another drop in the disinvitation bucket, May 18, 2017

  • Jefferson Muzzles 2017: Free expression group awards America’s worst censors, April 27, 2017

  • LA Times editorial board on FIRE lawsuit: ‘Don’t squeeze free speech on college campuses’, April 6, 2017

  • April Fools’ Day: A little humor can spell big trouble for college newspapers, March 31, 2017

  • During March Madness, Georgia Tech alums reflect on big victory in different kind of court, March 22, 2017

  • UC Davis to students: You have no right to silence opposing viewpoints, March 2, 2017

  • Articles

  • Inside Higher Ed, November 22, 2017, No Consistent Sanctions for Silencing

  • Chicago Tribune, November 17, 2017, Lenny Bruce is back, but Brandeis University doesn’t want him

  • Inside Higher Ed, November 14, 2017, FIRE Wants Answers on Lenny Bruce Brandeis Play

  • Troy Record, November 12, 2017, RPI protesters face disciplinary action

  • Orange County Register, November 8, 2017, On college campuses, the Constitution should be the only free speech zone

  • Washington Examiner, November 6, 2017, Will free speech prevail on campus?

  • Gainesville Times, November 5, 2017, UNG clarifying code of conduct on free speech after group’s criticism

  • Boston Globe, November 3, 2017, Brandeis cancels play amid protests over racism — and gets more backlash

  • The Washington Post, November 2, 2017, Older people and Republicans, threatening free speech

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 31, 2017, Group criticizes Georgia university for guidelines it says limit free speech