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.


  • Global Unrest Prompts Professors to Blame First Amendment, October 5, 2012

  • New FIRE Video: ‘Steven Pinker on Taboos, Political Correctness, & Dissent’, September 13, 2012

  • FIRE Co-Founder Alan Charles Kors Featured on ReasonTV, September 11, 2012

  • Support FIRE and Get a ‘Firefly’ Poster Today!, August 15, 2012

  • Help FIRE Send a Message to Higher Ed, August 13, 2012

  • Now Available for Pre-Order: ‘Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate’ by FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, June 25, 2012

  • Eleventh Circuit to University Administrators: Respect Student Rights, February 9, 2012

  • Neil Gaiman talks ‘Firefly,’ free speech on campus, and one of the craziest cases of the year, December 29, 2011

  • OCR’s April 4 Letter and Opposition in the National Media, December 26, 2011

  • We Can’t Afford Campus Censorship, December 9, 2011

  • Articles

  • The Huffington Post, September 9, 2014, Freedom of Speech or Freedom From Speech: 50 Years After the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

  • The Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2014, Free Speech at Berkeley—So Long as It’s ‘Civil’

  • The Huffington Post, July 1, 2014, 4 Free Speech Lawsuits in One Morning: Stepping Up the Fight Against Campus Speech Codes

  • The Huffington Post, May 30, 2014, The Push Against Campus Speakers is Getting More Intense

  • U.S. News & World Report, May 30, 2014, Don’t Create New Avenues to Punish Provocative Professors

  • Time, May 14, 2014, Caving on Commencement Speakers Is Censorship, Not Scholarship

  • The Huffington Post, April 24, 2014, Hawaiian Students Challenge ‘Censorship Swamp’ in First Amendment Lawsuit

  • The Huffington Post, April 21, 2014, Free Speech, Twitter, and the “Collective Unconsciousness of the Species”

  • The Huffington Post, April 17, 2014, ‘Game of Thrones’ Quote Deemed Too Threatening for NJ Community College

  • The Huffington Post, April 14, 2014, Three Points You Must Not Overlook in Discussing the Brandeis/Hirsi Ali Controversy