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.


  • Heckler’s Veto Hits Minnesota Law School, November 5, 2015

  • Nationwide Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for FIRE’s Position on Due Process, Right to Counsel, September 10, 2015

  • Michigan State Settlement Shows OCR’s Continuing Confusion about Due Process, September 9, 2015

  • Martin Luther King: Free Speech Is a Human Right, January 19, 2015

  • What Might a Police Investigation of the UVA Rape Charges Have Looked Like?, December 3, 2014

  • Has Title IX Failed in Dealing with Campus Sexual Assault?, December 1, 2014

  • What Ezra Klein Gets Wrong about the ‘Yes Means Yes’ Law in California, October 17, 2014

  • Free Speech, UC Davis, and the Anti-Defamation League, September 17, 2014

  • A Victim of Vanderbilt’s So-Called ‘All-Comers’ Policy Speaks Out, August 27, 2014

  • U. of Illinois Totally Blows It on Salaita Defense, August 22, 2014

  • Articles

  • 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’

  • 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