Vice President of Policy Research
Samantha Harris graduated from Princeton University with a degree in politics in 1999 and went on to earn her J.D. in 2002 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Constitutional Law. Samantha joined FIRE in 2005 after serving as a law clerk for the late Honorable Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and working as a litigation associate at the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Samantha conducts extensive research on policies affecting the free speech and due process rights of students and faculty at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. She is the author of FIRE’s annual Spotlight on Speech Codes report. She speaks extensively on issues of free speech and due process, and has represented FIRE publicly on national television and radio as well as in publications including Inside Higher Ed and the New York Post.
- “Change is needed as chilling effect sweeps college classrooms,” March 1, 2017
- “The President’s misplaced outrage,” New York Daily News, February 2, 2017
- “Why you should care about protest waiting periods,” January 30, 2017
- “Do student athletes have any free-speech rights? Discipline of Columbia wrestlers raises the question,” New York Daily News, Nov. 21, 2016
- “So UMW president’s defense against federal complaint amounts to retaliation?,” Fredericksburg.com, Nov. 10, 2015
- “Campus judiciaries on trial: An update from the courts,” The Heritage Foundation, Oct. 6, 2015