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.


  • 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

  • Students around the world targeted for their advocacy, February 6, 2018

  • UPDATE: Albion student faces upcoming hearing over ‘ANTIFA and ISIS hunting permits’ joke, January 2, 2018

  • Drexel professor resigns after months-long investigation, exile from campus, December 29, 2017

  • Controversies on American campuses used to justify censorship of pro-independence sentiments at Hong Kong universities, December 4, 2017

  • On overseas satellite campuses, academic freedom is more often promised than practiced, November 17, 2017

  • University of Hartford reportedly warned student against speaking out about mistreatment, November 9, 2017

  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University revises social media policy after letter from FIRE, October 6, 2017

  • Banned Books Week: Authors speak out against censorship, September 26, 2017