Greg Lukianoff

About Greg Lukianoff

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney, New York Times best-selling author, and the President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, Freedom From Speech, and FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. Most recently, he co-authored The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure with Jonathan Haidt. This New York Times best-seller expands on their September 2015 Atlantic cover story of the same name. Greg is also an Executive Producer of Can We Take a Joke?, a feature-length documentary that explores the collision between comedy, censorship, and outrage culture, both on and off campus.
Greg has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and numerous other publications. He frequently appears on TV shows and radio programs, including the CBS Evening News, The Today Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition. In 2008, he became the first-ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation’s Freedom of Expression Award, and he has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s college campuses.


  • [UPDATED] A message from FIRE’s president: UC Berkeley and the state of free speech on campus, April 20, 2017

  • ​Jim Sleeper Gets It Wrong in ‘The New York Times’, September 4, 2016

  • Progress at Yale, But a Conspicuous Omission, November 13, 2015

  • Next Up: The Big Screen and Debate Stage, September 11, 2015

  • A ‘Global First Amendment’, April 14, 2015

  • Washington, D.C.: Come Watch Me Debate Political Correctness and Free Speech on Campus!, February 19, 2015

  • More on Lawrence Summers’s Academic Freedom and BDS Speech, February 6, 2015

  • Five Reasons You Should Support FIRE in 2014, December 29, 2014

  • My Cyber Acknowledgment Section for ‘Freedom From Speech’, September 11, 2014

  • When Campus Intolerance Means Free Speech Gets Torn Up and Run Over, Literally, March 21, 2014

  • Articles

  • Reason, September 14, 2018, Wiser Kids, Wiser Universities

  • Reason, September 13, 2018, Speech Codes and “Twisting Title IX”

  • Reason, September 12, 2018, Speech Code Hokey Pokey: How Campus Speech Codes Could Rebound

  • Politico, August 19, 2017, Why Even Nazis Deserve Free Speech

  • The Huffington Post, August 11, 2016, The Story Behind The New Documentary ‘Can We Take a Joke?’

  • Cato Institute, January 4, 2016, Campus Free Speech Has Been in Trouble for a Long Time

  • Daily News, November 15, 2015, The Censors Must Not Win: Campus Thought Police Have Run Amok — but All Is Not Lost

  • The Washington Post, November 11, 2015, On the Front Lines of the Fight for Free Speech at Yale

  • The Huffington Post, September 28, 2015, Every University in the Country Should Adopt the University of Chicago’s Academic Freedom Statement

  • The Huffington Post, August 21, 2015, A Dozen Things ‘The New Yorker’ Gets Wrong about Free Speech (And Why It Matters)