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 through Drexel’s cooperative education program as a Program Assistant. She stayed on FIRE’s staff for another year through the rest of her undergraduate career. After graduation, Sarah took on the position of Program Associate for FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program. In addition to her passion for free speech, Sarah is an avid J.R.R. Tolkien fan.


  • UNC Chapel Hill Apologizes After Campus Police Attempt to Remove Professor’s Sign, August 13, 2015

  • Firing of LSU Professor Who Used Profanity in the Classroom Raises Concerns, June 30, 2015

  • The Clock is Ticking for Western Michigan University, June 15, 2015

  • Students File Suit After Muscatine C.C. Attempts to Chill Newspaper’s Speech, May 8, 2015

  • University of Georgia’s Reaction to Student’s Off-Campus Arrest Could Chill Speech, April 22, 2015

  • Is Northern Michigan University Targeting Campus Paper Due to Its Reporting?, April 10, 2015

  • U. of Maryland’s President Loh Responds to Offensive Email, Remembers First Amendment, April 2, 2015

  • Penn State Pushes Back Against Students’ and Senator’s Disinvitation Demands, March 16, 2015

  • Despite Administrative Pushback and Theft, University of Tulsa’s ‘Collegian’ Produces Exceptional Reporting, February 18, 2015

  • Unable to Suspend Non-Students, University of Tulsa Settles for Hiding Facebook Posts, February 17, 2015