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.


  • 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

  • FIRE, Campus Press Freedom Highlighted in State Department Magazine, March 19, 2014

  • What’s Dartmouth’s Real Attitude about Due Process?, February 19, 2014

  • New Look, Same Mission: FIRE’s New Website and Logo!, February 5, 2014

  • Coming Soon: A New Look for FIRE!, February 3, 2014

  • Articles

  • 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’

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

  • Minding the Campus, April 21, 2013, 6 Ways to Defeat the Campus Censors

  •, March 12, 2013, If You Work For Harvard, It’s Possible You’re Being Watched By Harvard

  • The Daily Caller, February 21, 2013, Governor McDonnell should defend religious freedom on Virginia campuses

  • College Insurrection, February 1, 2013, College President Personally Smacked with $50,000 Bill for Violating Constitution

  •, January 15, 2013, A Bit Of The Future Was Lost With The Tragic Death Of Aaron Swartz

  • The Daily Caller, December 26, 2012, 2012: a tough year for free speech on campus

  • Forbes, December 12, 2012, Harvard, Legendary Home Of Harvard Lampoon, Strangles Campus Satire