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.


  • 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

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

  • Articles

  • 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

  • The Daily Caller, May 26, 2014, Notre Dame To Student Group: Who Needs You?

  • WGBH News, May 1, 2014, Due Process, Clarity Suffer As Feds Tackle Campus Sexual Assault

  • National Review Online, April 22, 2014, Another Day, Another Pro-Life Display Trashed on Campus

  • National Review Online, April 1, 2014, Time to Put an End to ‘Disinvitation Season’

  • March 25, 2014, Don’t Let The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Overwhelm Free Speech On Campus