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.


  • The death of liberty on campus? Some reflections on Middlebury, March 6, 2017

  • Change is needed as a chilling effect sweeps college classrooms, March 1, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Missouri–Kansas City, February 24, 2017

  • More Questions than Answers in Orange Coast College Recording Scandal [UPDATED], February 17, 2017

  • Why You Should Care About Protest Waiting Periods, January 30, 2017

  • Speech Code of the Month: SUNY Albany, January 25, 2017

  • Judge José Cabranes: Threats to Academic Freedom Are a ‘National Problem’, January 12, 2017

  • Censorship is a Bipartisan Issue, January 9, 2017

  • ‘Free Speech Zones,’ Then and Now, December 27, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Rhode Island, December 21, 2016