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.


  • University of New Hampshire’s removal of anti-sexual harassment exhibit undermines free speech, April 4, 2017

  • URGENT: Flagler College student’s planned free speech event tomorrow in jeopardy — school says she’s not approved, March 30, 2017

  • Santa Clara University says its request that student newspaper remove story was act of “compassion”, March 30, 2017

  • Dalai Lama faces opposition at UC San Diego, February 23, 2017

  • Liberty University’s Values and Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Pro-Free Speech Statements Don’t Add Up, October 19, 2016

  • What Campus Leaders Had To Say About Free Speech This Week [UPDATED], October 7, 2016

  • Students at Florida State University Show What Campus Dialogue Can Look Like, September 29, 2016

  • UMass RAs Are Not Amused by Your Harambe Memes, September 6, 2016

  • Victory: Northwestern University Reverses Course, Recognizes Student Group After Rejection, June 30, 2016

  • UC Davis Spends $175,000 to Learn About the ‘Streisand Effect’, April 19, 2016