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 Illinois Totally Blows It on Salaita Defense, August 22, 2014

  • Did U. of Illinois Withdraw Job Offer to Prof over Controversial Tweets?, August 7, 2014

  • Greg Lukianoff’s Response to Commissioner Yaki’s “Frontal Lobe” Argument Against Campus Free Speech, August 6, 2014

  • Public Records and the Occidental Sexual Assault Controversy, July 23, 2014

  • New Organization Founded to Promote Due Process on Campus, July 15, 2014

  • A Major, Exciting FIRE Announcement Is On Its Way, July 1, 2014

  • College Risk Management Lawyers Call Out FIRE (Without Doing Their Homework), May 27, 2014

  • ‘Disinvitation Season’ In Full Swing; IMF Head Next Victim, May 12, 2014

  • Due Process and Clarity Suffer in Feds’ Push to Address Campus Sexual Assault, May 1, 2014

  • New FIRE Video: Dartmouth Student Runs Over Free Speech, March 20, 2014

  • Articles

  • 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

  • The Daily Caller, December 30, 2013, 2013′s dumbest campus free speech cases

  • The Daily Caller, August 27, 2013, Fake ‘hate crimes’ continue to plague campuses

  • August 6, 2013, The Colonel’s secret recipe: censorship

  • Forbes Online, June 12, 2013, Reporting Your Neighbor’s Speech? Don’t Laugh, It’s Coming To A College Campus Near You

  • The John William Pope Center, May 23, 2013, What First Amendment?

  • The Daily Caller, May 13, 2013, Feds make everyone on campus a sexual harasser

  • The Daily Caller, April 25, 2013, Old Dartmouth: Classes. New Dartmouth: Civility ‘teach-ins’