Kelsey Naughton

About Kelsey Naughton

Kelsey graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 2013 with a B.A. in political science and from the University of North Texas in 2016 with a M.S. in political science. While in graduate school, Kelsey worked on a variety of data collection efforts focusing on social movements and comparative politics. She was also a graduate assistant for the National Science Foundation’s Research Education for Undergraduates program where she taught methodology and statistics to a handful of undergraduates from across the country.

When not focusing on her research, Kelsey is a proud Buffalonian, an avid reader, and advocates for the rights of the mentally ill. She was first introduced to FIRE’s mission when she attended a FIRE Student Network annual conference. She is excited to join a team advocating for the rights of students.


  • ‘Future of the First Amendment’ survey shows need for increased civics education in high school, December 10, 2018

  • College students’ attitudes toward presentation of counter-viewpoints, March 7, 2018

  • ‘Speaking Freely’: Partisan divides in attitudes toward the disinvitation of campus guest speakers, January 16, 2018

  • ‘Speaking Freely’: Comparing college students’ and the American adult populations’ attitudes toward hate speech, January 4, 2018

  • ‘Speaking Freely’: Comparing 2- and 4-year college students’ attitudes toward expression, November 20, 2017

  • ‘Speaking Freely’: Measuring students’ reactions to peer expression, November 13, 2017

  • ‘Speaking Freely’: Partisanship and ideology, November 1, 2017

  • ‘Speaking Freely’: Self-expression in the classroom and on campus, October 25, 2017

  • A review of surveys on free speech and expression, October 12, 2017

  • ‘Speaking Freely’ FAQ: FIRE answers Frequently Asked Questions about new survey, October 11, 2017