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 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.


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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