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.


  • After Controversy, University of Akron Moves Quickly to Remove Speech Restrictions, October 19, 2015

  • Sam Houston State University Caves to Internet Mob, Promises to Investigate Student for Tweet, September 2, 2015

  • Fired for Trying to Teach Sociology, Former Professor Takes Rowan College at Gloucester County to Court, August 12, 2015

  • FIRE Cautions College About Graphic Novel Warnings, June 25, 2015

  • 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