Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) in 2012 with a B.A. in journalism and history. While at IU, Nico was a member of the track & field team and served as editor-in-chief for the Indiana Standard and as a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. Nico’s on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights led to a second-place finish in FIRE’s 2011 Incentive Program and induction into FIRE’s Prometheus Society. He was also a winner of 1 for All and the Knight Foundation‘s 2011 “Free to Tweet” contest.

Nico first joined FIRE in 2012 as a Program Associate and Assistant to the President, later serving as a Communications Coordinator. In 2014, Nico went to work for the Institute for Justice, before returning to FIRE in 2015 to manage its communications team.

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Nico lives in Arlington, Va. and works out of FIRE’s Washington D.C. office. In his spare time, Nico enjoys playing guitar, studying history, and pretending he is Jimmy Buffett.


  • At Sinclair, Liability Concerns Trump Students’ Expressive Rights, November 15, 2013

  • Wright State’s Threat to Cut Student Newspaper Funding Places ‘Mission’ Over Constitution, November 14, 2013

  • Today Only! Get the Kindle Version of ‘Unlearning Liberty’ for Just $2.99, November 11, 2013

  • New Castleton State College Policy Seeks to Limit Athletes’ Online Expression, October 24, 2013

  • ‘Unlearning Liberty’ Turns One, Paperback Edition Set for Release in March, October 23, 2013

  • FIRE’s Nico Perrino in ‘The Guardian’: Culture of Surveillance Extends to College Campuses, October 22, 2013

  • Juan Williams Blasts Censorship, Argues Students and Citizens Need Open Avenues to Exchange Ideas (VIDEO), October 21, 2013

  • ‘Kindly Inquisitors’ Cato Institute Book Forum, Featuring FIRE’s Greg Lukianoff (VIDEO), October 18, 2013

  • Does Tenure Really Encourage Free Speech? Megan McArdle Tackles Issues in Higher Ed, October 15, 2013

  • 20th Anniversary Edition of ‘Kindly Inquisitors’ Now Available in Electronic Format, October 14, 2013