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.


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

  • 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

  • Former Stanford provost on ‘the threat from within’ to intellectual tolerance, February 27, 2017

  • Goldwater Institute Releases Model Campus Free Speech Legislation for States, January 31, 2017

  • Martin Luther King, Free Speech, and the Albany Movement, January 16, 2017

  • Faculty, Students Take on Harvard Admins over Final Club/Greek Org Blacklist, November 4, 2016

  • 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

  • Articles

  • 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

  • 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