Samantha Harris

About Samantha Harris

Samantha K. Harris, a Philadelphia native, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and from Princeton University, where she earned an A.B. magna cum laude in politics. As an undergraduate, Samantha completed a senior thesis that analyzed the constitutional implications of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s quality-of-life initiative in New York City. During law school, she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Constitutional Law. Before joining FIRE, Samantha clerked for the late Honorable Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and most recently was an associate at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia.


  • Federal appellate court: denial of cross-examination violates due process, September 7, 2018

  • Due process legal update: UC Santa Barbara found in contempt of court, August 17, 2018

  • Appeals court declines to expand universities’ obligations under Title IX, July 27, 2018

  • University of Michigan ordered to provide hearing to student accused of sexual misconduct, July 17, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: Carleton College, July 11, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Central Missouri, June 26, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Kentucky, May 22, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: Delaware State University, April 20, 2018

  • “Stop debating”: CUNY Law students disrupt speaker and his critic, April 12, 2018

  • California court ruling may impact free expression on campus, March 28, 2018

  • Articles

  • NY Daily News, August 31, 2018, Universities vs. scientific research: Politics and money are polluting academic inquiry

  • The Washington Examiner, June 20, 2018, In campus disciplinary proceedings, students want and deserve a fairer process

  • Inside Higher Ed, June 6, 2018, Ready, Aim, FIRE!

  • Reason, August 23, 2017, Judge Hammers Penn State a Second Time For Its Treatment of Students Under Title IX

  • Vox, June 6, 2017, Charles Murray gets attacked? Outrage! A liberal professor gets threatened? Silence.

  • New York Daily News, November 21, 2016, Do Student Athletes Have Any Free-Speech Rights? Discipline of Columbia Wrestlers Raises the Question

  •, November 10, 2015, Column: So UMW President’s Defense Against Federal Complaint Amounts to Retaliation?

  • The Heritage Foundation, October 6, 2015, Campus Judiciaries on Trial An Update from the Courts

  • The Des Moines Register, December 13, 2014, It’s Wrong To Try To Protect Students From Being Offended

  • The Columbus Dispatch, July 5, 2014, Speech Codes Unfairly Restrict Expression