Robert Shibley

About Robert Shibley

Robert Shibley is FIRE's executive director. 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. During his 15-year career at FIRE, Robert has aided students and faculty members at hundreds of colleges and universities and personally traveled to dozens of campuses to educate students, faculty, and administrators about First Amendment issues. A free-speech activist who himself faced campus censorship, Robert's writing has appeared in many national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, and TIME. He has also represented FIRE on NPR, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN Tonight, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Stossel, Fox & Friends, and CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, as well as many other national and international television and radio programs.


  • Blacklist challenged in court as students “Stand Up to Harvard”, December 3, 2018

  • UCLA diversity requirement threatens academic freedom, trust in academia, November 9, 2018

  • Movement for academic boycott of Israel continues to raise thorny problems, produce bad consequences, October 10, 2018

  • Preliminary Education Department rules on campus sexual misconduct include important due process protections, according to report, August 30, 2018

  • 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

  • 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