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. Robert’s undergraduate experience serving as the managing editor of the Duke Review newspaper, which frequently decried (and faced) administrative 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 dozens of colleges and universities. He is also a member of the bar in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Florida. As executive director, along with traveling to various campuses to speak about First Amendment issues, Robert has represented FIRE publicly on Stossel, Fox and Friends, and Lou Dobbs Tonight, in national and international radio and TV interviews, and in published editorials in the New York Post, Boston Globe, National Review, Providence Journal, Daily Oklahoman, and other newspapers. He also writes columns for The Daily Caller,, and Pajamas Media. Robert and his wife Araz live in Apex, North Carolina, with their two daughters, Grace and Cecily.


  • U. of Tennessee Ends Glenn Reynolds Investigation, Cites First Amendment, September 27, 2016

  • U. of Tennessee “Investigating” Professor for Tweet, September 23, 2016

  • New Video of Last Year’s Yale Halloween Costume Confrontation Emerges, September 13, 2016

  • Harvard to Student Club: Lie About Your Policies and You’ll Be OK, August 16, 2016

  • For the Fourth: Ben Franklin on Freedom of Speech—50 Years Before the Constitution, July 4, 2016

  • FIRE Testifies Before Georgia House of Representatives on Campus Due Process (VIDEO), January 26, 2016

  • Free Speech: Not Just a ‘Diversion’ from Campus Protests, December 4, 2015

  • ‘The Atlantic’ on the Yale Halloween Email and Free Speech Controversy, November 9, 2015

  • Heckler’s Veto Hits Minnesota Law School, November 5, 2015

  • Nationwide Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for FIRE’s Position on Due Process, Right to Counsel, September 10, 2015

  • Articles

  • 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

  • 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

  • News & Observer, February 10, 2015, Saying No To Censorship At UNC-CH

  • TIME Magazine Online, December 1, 2014, Time to Call the Cops: Title IX Has Failed Campus Sexual Assault

  • The Daily Caller, October 16, 2014, For Some ‘Affirmative Consent’ Supporters, Injustice Is A Feature, Not A Bug

  • The Washington Post, July 2, 2014, Colleges Are Slowly Taking Away Your First Amendment Rights

  • Reason Online, May 27, 2014, Campus Trigger Warnings Threaten Speech and Treat Students Like Children