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.


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

  • Wichita State University must end investigation of ‘free house tours’ banner, September 12, 2017

  • Academic freedom and authoritarianism, August 30, 2017

  • Victory: Regis University ends investigation into student’s ‘social justice bake sale’, August 24, 2017

  • What’s caught in the wide net cast by hate speech policies?, August 22, 2017

  • FIRE raises questions about UCLA lecturer Keith Fink’s firing, August 4, 2017

  • Does Linfield College respect freedom of expression? We asked — and Linfield didn’t answer, June 30, 2017

  • Arcadia drops Title IX investigation into professor’s anti-Trump art installation, June 29, 2017

  • Don’t expect Regis University to live up to its free speech promises, June 1, 2017

  • Regis University claims it didn’t censor bake sale event, then boasts about how quickly it censored the event, April 17, 2017