Sarah McLaughlin

About Sarah McLaughlin

Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Drexel University in 2014 with a B.S. in political science and a minor in history. In 2012, Sarah began working with FIRE as a Program Assistant through Drexel’s cooperative education program and remained on FIRE’s staff for through the rest of her undergraduate career. After graduation, Sarah took on the position of Program Associate for FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, where she now works as a Senior Program Officer. In addition to defending freedom of expression on campus, Sarah also writes about the issues surrounding dissidents’ free speech and blasphemy in the international context.


  • Mary Baldwin University learns the wrong lessons from recent art controversy, November 12, 2018

  • Universities rethink foreign study programs over academic freedom concerns, November 8, 2018

  • Report: Academics worldwide face frequent, alarming threats, October 25, 2018

  • Debate suggesting “major religions should portray God as a woman” canceled at Georgetown University in Qatar, October 17, 2018

  • Cal State Long Beach’s response to anti-police brutality exhibit and firing of director raise questions about artistic freedom, September 21, 2018

  • When U.S. universities clash with China’s ‘sensitive content’, September 13, 2018

  • UK universities face criticism over proposed satellite campuses in increasingly authoritarian Egypt, August 27, 2018

  • FIRE calls on Liberty University’s leadership to end censorship of student press, August 24, 2018

  • Chicago Statement finds foothold in Australia, August 21, 2018

  • Best of Newsdesk: On overseas satellite campuses, academic freedom is more often promised than practiced, August 16, 2018

  • Articles

  • Artsy, July 23, 2018, The Rise of Artistic Censorship on College Campuses Should Worry the American Public