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.


  • Wisconsin: Why Tenure and Shared Governance Matter, June 10, 2015

  • FIRE Welcomes Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon, June 3, 2015

  • Resolution at Barry University After Student Wrongfully Suspended for Recording Meetings, May 8, 2015

  • U. of Maryland Groups Team Up to Screen ‘American Sniper’, May 1, 2015

  • This Time, We’re Failing to Talk About ‘American Sniper’, April 20, 2015

  • 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