Laura Beltz

About Laura Beltz

Laura Beltz is a Philadelphia-area native who graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in English through the Schreyer Honors College. While at Penn State, her interest in the role of free speech on college campuses developed through an English course on public expression that involved topics ranging from banned books to the constitutionality of Penn State’s speech codes. Laura wrote an honors thesis on law and literature and spent much of her four years competing with Penn State’s Mock Trial organization. Laura then returned to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she became an Associate Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. After spending her first summer of law school as a legal intern for FIRE, Laura worked as a legal intern at the National Constitution Center. She now returns to FIRE as a Program Officer with the Policy Reform Project.


  • Students absolved of both criminal charges and school sanctions after Ohio University protest, March 31, 2017

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Earns FIRE’s Highest Rating for Free Speech, February 13, 2017

  • FIRE Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘Keyishian’ Decision, January 23, 2017

  • More Campus Leaders Address Free Speech Following Election, November 21, 2016

  • Heterodox Academy Releases Guide to Colleges that Incorporates FIRE Ratings, October 24, 2016

  • Washington University in St. Louis Endorses Version of the Chicago Statement, September 12, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: Clemson University, April 14, 2016

  • Following Protests, Loyola Chicago Releases Improved Demonstration Policy, March 24, 2016

  • Cleveland State Adopts New Campus Speech Policy, Shows Why It’s a ‘Green Light’ School, February 15, 2016

  • Careful Reform Needed to Reduce State FOIA Chilling of Academic Activity, June 16, 2014