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.


  • 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

  • Best of Newsdesk: Students around the world targeted for their advocacy, August 16, 2018

  • Best of Newsdesk: Is speech suppression at religious colleges ‘the invisible free speech crisis?’, August 15, 2018

  • Binghamton University is right to end investigation, but wrong to blame students for littered flyers, May 29, 2018

  • City College of New York reverses cancellation of pro-Palestine event after pressure from legal groups, May 2, 2018

  • Is speech suppression at religious colleges ‘the invisible free speech crisis?’, April 12, 2018

  • Articles

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