Peter Bonilla

About Peter Bonilla

Peter Bonilla has been with FIRE since 2008 and worked with FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program since 2009, becoming director in 2013. As Director he manages FIRE’s caseload, writes frequently for FIRE’s blog,The Torch, and has lectured to student groups and at student conferences around the country. Since January 2011, Peter has also been a contributor for the political commentary website PolicyMic, covering issues in American higher education. 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 also a past recipient of a fellowship in playwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his first play was produced 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.


  • Yes, Marquette’s Plan to Fire John McAdams Is About Free Speech and Academic Freedom, March 3, 2015

  • Marquette’s Dangerous Subversion of Free Speech, February 16, 2015

  • The Travesty of Due Process at Marquette, February 10, 2015

  • Impact Trumps Intent, and Other Discouraging Statements on Free Speech at U. of Iowa, February 9, 2015

  • University of Iowa Asks Students How Best to Show Its Disregard for First Amendment, January 30, 2015

  • Eyes on Marquette University as Faculty Blogger Suspended, December 18, 2014

  • Cancelled Musical a Missed Opportunity for Dialogue at Stanford, November 24, 2014

  • UNC, Halloween, and the ‘Professionalism’ Threat to the First Amendment, October 31, 2014

  • Is Protection of Dissenting Opinions Part of the Diversity Conversation at UCLA?, October 6, 2014

  • FIRE’s ‘Don’t Cage My Speech!’ Awarded at Anthem Film Festival, July 15, 2014

  • 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