Greg Lukianoff

About Greg Lukianoff

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney 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 and Freedom From Speech, as well as a co-author of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” written in partnership with Jonathan Haidt. Greg has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles TimesTIME, The Boston Globe, Forbes, the New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Stanford Technology Law ReviewThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Reason, CNET, The Daily Caller, Congressional Quarterly, The Charleston Law Review, and numerous other publications. Greg, along with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French, is a co-author of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. He is also a blogger for The Huffington Post and Greg is a frequent guest on local and national syndicated radio programs; has represented FIRE on national television shows, including CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s New Day, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Fox’s Special Report and The O’Reilly Factor, Fox Business’s Stossel and The Independents, and MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy; and has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s campuses. In 2008 he became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation 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 is also an executive producer for Can We Take a Joke?, a feature-length documentary that explores the collision between comedy, censorship, and outrage culture on and off campus.
Greg is a graduate of American University and of Stanford Law School, where he focused on First Amendment and constitutional law. 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. Greg is also a proud member of the board of directors of Philadelphia’s Theatre Exile. In his free time, Greg also runs the Genetic Music Project, an open source genetic art project combining music and science.


  • Last Chance to Donate in 2013!, December 31, 2013

  • The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013, December 27, 2013

  • FIRE’s Approach to Winning, December 20, 2013

  • Four Key Points About Free Speech and the Feds’ ‘Blueprint’, July 15, 2013

  • Harvard and How Silence Isn’t Golden, April 12, 2013

  • New Intern Video: Watch and Donate!, April 3, 2013

  • FAU College Student Who Didn’t Want To Stomp On ‘Jesus’ Runs Afoul of Speech Code, March 26, 2013

  • Breaking: Federal Jury Finds College President Personally Liable in ‘Facebook Collage’ Case, February 1, 2013

  • N.Y.’s ivory towers vs. free speech, November 11, 2012

  • Presidential Debates Would Have Violated ‘Speech Codes’ of Host Universities, October 25, 2012

  • Articles

  • The Huffington Post, July 23, 2015, A Big Victory in Georgia Points the Way to Ending Abuses of Freedom of Speech on Campus

  • The Huffington Post, June 2, 2015, My Testimony in Front of Congress About Free Speech on Campus (LIVE STREAM)

  • The Huffington Post, April 8, 2015, Curing Social Media of Its Outrage Addiction May Start on Campus

  • The Huffington Post, March 27, 2015, Talking on Eggshells in College

  • Ricochet, March 23, 2015, Must Read: University Ex-Admin Alleges She Was Pressured to File False Harassment Claim Against Faculty Critic

  • The Huffington Post, March 2, 2015, Free Speech on Campus: The 10 Worst Offenders of 2014

  • Huffington Post, The, January 28, 2015, The Upside of Your Dark Side, Free Speech, and ‘Problems of Comfort’

  • The Huffington Post, January 13, 2015, Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, and the Ultimate Campus Trigger Warning (VIDEO)

  • The Huffington Post, November 4, 2014, 5 Important Points About the Bill Maher-UC Berkeley Controversy

  • The Huffington Post, October 28, 2014, Professor Suspended for Game of Throne T-Shirt Fights Back and Wins