Peter Bonilla

About Peter Bonilla

Peter Bonilla, a native of the Washington, D.C., area, joined FIRE in 2008. Previously at FIRE he for several years directed FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, advocating directly on behalf of wrongly censored students and faculty members nationwide. Peter comments frequently for radio, print, and television media, lectures on free speech and academic freedom issues to students and faculty around the country, and has written for multiple outside publications. Prior to joining FIRE, Peter was Literary Manager of Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, one of the country’s top theatres for the development and production of new politically and socially-themed plays. He is a past recipient of a fellowship in playwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his first play was developed (with stage and film actor David Strathairn) at Philadelphia’s PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, and premiered to critical acclaim in Arizona in September 2011. In 2009, Peter was a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! His undergraduate degree, with a double major in theater arts and economics, is from the University of Pennsylvania.


  • How far will Dixie State University go to fire a tenured professor? Ask Ken Peterson, August 10, 2018

  • Lawrence Journal-World wrong on flag art censorship at University of Kansas, July 13, 2018

  • Kansas officials demand University of Kansas remove American flag artwork, July 11, 2018

  • AAUP censures University of Nebraska-Lincoln for wrongfully terminating graduate instructor, June 20, 2018

  • FIRE asks Ohio Northern University to reform troublesome ‘collegiality’ provision in faculty handbook, November 15, 2017

  • Proposed University of Arkansas System policy spells trouble for academic freedom, November 3, 2017

  • FIRE to present high school outreach resources at weekend educators’ conferences, October 19, 2017

  • Alice Dreger to deliver keynote at FIRE’s faculty conference, and presenters announced!, October 4, 2017

  • FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest open for entries!, September 6, 2017

  • Apply today to attend FIRE’s Faculty Conference!, July 24, 2017

  • Articles

  • The Daily Caller, October 8, 2014, First Amendment The Real Victim In ‘Taco Tuesday’ Sorority Flap

  • PolicyMic, September 25, 2013, Watch This College Student Get Busted By School Officials For Distributing the U.S. Constitution

  • PolicyMic, July 10, 2013, The Crimson Tide Rolls: Right Over Pro-Choice Students’ Rights

  • PolicyMic, September 12, 2012, 5 More of the Worst Free Speech Violations on College Campuses

  • PolicyMic, September 11, 2012, 5 Free Speech Threats to Watch Out for on Campus This Election Season

  • PolicyMic, March 9, 2012, No Joke: First Amendment Rights Attacked When Satire and Humor Used on Campus

  • The Daily Caller, December 22, 2011, Who’s afraid of Ron Paul? Apparently, Auburn University

  • Human Events, September 9, 2009, BUCCing the Bucknell Liberals

  • October 13, 2008, Delaware Program’s Continued Significance Informs Recent Articles

  • July 22, 2008, Support FIRE’s Cause by Posting Our Speech Code Widgets