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.


  • Speech Code of the Month: Kentucky State University, February 14, 2018

  • The misguided movement to “no platform” Steve Bannon, February 2, 2018

  • FIRE, joined by coalition of free speech advocates, files amici curiae brief in Feminist Majority Foundation v. University of Mary Washington, January 19, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: Dartmouth College, January 10, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: Utah State University, December 18, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: California State University, East Bay, November 20, 2017

  • Are universities abdicating their responsibility to educate students for fear of offending them?, November 10, 2017

  • The scariest part of Halloween: Picking a costume, October 31, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of North Georgia, October 17, 2017

  • Free speech on campus is ‘essential for the free formation of public opinion’: A response to Robert Post, October 4, 2017

  • Articles

  • 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

  • Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2013, A Massive Burden

  • New York Post, July 19, 2011, The feds’ mad assault on campus sex

  • The Herald Journal, April 10, 2011, Activism on campus: Recent protests, pending policy review bring USU issues to fore

  • Daily Journal, May 25, 2006, UNC-Chapel Hill Tries to Spin Away a Major Defeat