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.


  • 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 Atlantic, August 10, 2015, The Coddling of the American Mind

  • 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