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.


  • Deadline to submit proposals for FIRE faculty conference extended to April 14, March 20, 2017

  • One month left to submit your proposals for FIRE’s faculty conference!, February 28, 2017

  • Now Accepting Proposals for FIRE’s First-Ever Faculty Conference, January 24, 2017

  • Free Speech on Campus a Focus of January 2017 ‘New Criterion’, January 4, 2017

  • BACK TO SCHOOL: Tips for Submitting Your Case to FIRE, August 30, 2016

  • ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Due Process at UCSD, August 24, 2016

  • DePaul Rightly Condemns the ‘Heckler’s Veto’, May 26, 2016

  • In the Name of Free Exchange of Ideas, CSU Los Angeles Resorts to Censorship, February 24, 2016

  • What’s at Stake in KU’s Investigation of Professor’s In-Class Comments? Only Academic Freedom as Faculty Know It, February 17, 2016

  • What Does It Take to Get Barred from Adams State University? Not Much, November 3, 2015

  • 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