Robert Shibley

About Robert Shibley

Robert L. Shibley, FIRE’s executive director, is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law. He is the author of Twisting Title IX, from Encounter Books. Robert’s experience serving as the managing editor of a college newspaper that frequently decried (and faced) censorship and bias led him to a career defending the rights of college and university students and faculty members. Since starting at FIRE in 2003, Robert has aided students and faculty members at hundreds of colleges and universities.

Along with traveling to various campuses to speak about First Amendment issues, Robert has represented FIRE on The O’Reilly Factor, CNN Tonight, Stossel, Fox and Friends, and Lou Dobbs Tonight, in national and international radio and TV interviews, and in op-eds in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, and TIME, as well as the New York Post, Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Reason, National Review, and many other newspapers and magazines. He is a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Robert and his family live in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, home to the Duke Blue Devils and several other, lesser intercollegiate athletic teams.


  • Is there a free speech “crisis” on campus?, August 13, 2018

  • Best of Newsdesk: The First Amendment is for all Americans, regardless of their politics, August 13, 2018

  • The First Amendment is for all Americans, regardless of their politics, July 3, 2018

  • James Madison University reportedly orders alleged sexual assault victim not to go public, April 17, 2018

  • Title IX complaint filed after 8 years raises questions about due process at Stanford, April 12, 2018

  • White House forum discusses free speech on campus, March 23, 2018

  • How the civil rights movement brought us free speech on campus, January 15, 2018

  • The bell tolls for Harvard President Drew Faust — not the Liberty Bell!, June 16, 2017

  • Murray at Middlebury: the cost of disrupting ‘provocative’ speech, April 18, 2017

  • Report: Candice Jackson appointed acting head of Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, April 3, 2017

  • Articles

  • The Washington Post, May 1, 2018, Fresno State protected its professor who ranted about Barbara Bush. Other schools should stand by free speech, too.

  • USA Today, August 17, 2017, Police must act fast to protect First Amendment rights: Robert Shibley

  • The Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2016, Time to Reform the Kangaroo Courts on Campus

  • The Washington Post, September 27, 2016, Lawyer: Why the Lower Standard of Evidence in College Sexual-Assault Cases is Dangerous

  • My Statesman, August 26, 2016, Commentary: ‘Sexual Harassers’ Protest Guns on Campus

  • The John William Pope Center, December 21, 2015, Keeping Free Speech Alive on Campus

  • Daily News, November 15, 2015, The Censors Must Not Win: Campus Thought Police Have Run Amok — but All Is Not Lost

  • The Blade, October 25, 2015, UT Must do More to Protect Free Speech on Campus

  • Star Tribune, August 13, 2015, U’s ‘Yes Means Yes’ Policy is Obviously Flawed

  • The Daily Caller, February 18, 2015, The New Prohibition: Infantilizing College Students