Greg Lukianoff

About Greg Lukianoff

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the author of the books Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech. He is also co-author of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” written in partnership with Jonathan Haidt. Additionally, Greg, along with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French, co-authored FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus.

A graduate of American University and Stanford Law School, Greg has always focused on the First Amendment and constitutional law, and he has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s college campuses.

Greg is a blogger for The Huffington Post and, and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, and numerous other publications.  He is a frequent guest on national television shows and local and nationally syndicated radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition, CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s New Day, Fox’s Special Report and The Kelly File, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.

In 2008, Greg became the first-ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation’s 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 was 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.

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. He is a proud member of the board of advisors of Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile, and in his free time, he runs the Genetic Music Project, an open source genetic art project combining music and science.


  • [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

  • 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)

  • Ricochet, August 11, 2015, How Campus Censorship Culture Could Be Causing Students Psychological Harm

  • The Huffington Post, August 10, 2015, 3 Quick Notes About ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’

  • The Atlantic, August 10, 2015, The Backstory to ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’