Adam Steinbaugh

About Adam Steinbaugh

A Colorado native, Adam moved westward, enrolling in Whittier College, where he served as student body president and was involved in Whittier’s local fraternal organizations. At Loyola Law School, he served as an assistant to Professor Aaron Caplan, researching the First Amendment issues involved in the use of restraining orders to enjoin civil harassment, and externed for the Honorable Jeffrey Johnson of California’s Second District Court of Appeal.

Following law school, Adam practiced entertainment-focused civil litigation in California and authored an eponymous blog, where he covered a wide range of topics involving the First Amendment and the Internet. He later joined Popehat, and his commentary on internet and free speech issues has been featured in The Guardian, ArsTechnica, Channel 4, the CBC, and various other outlets.


  • Harvard bows to pressure from the intelligence community, withdraws ‘Visiting Fellow’ title from Chelsea Manning, September 15, 2017

  • Duquesne University student government sought “injunction” barring student newspaper from publishing budget, September 13, 2017

  • George Washington University police investigating posters lampooning conservative group — again, September 13, 2017

  • When to pull the FIRE Alarm: Common types of censorship on campus, September 8, 2017

  • Montclair State University, ignoring questions about Twitter controversy, penalizes another professor, August 21, 2017

  • Best of Newsdesk: At the University of Minnesota, reports of ‘bias’ often include political speech, August 10, 2017

  • Montclair State University says it ‘never hired’ professor who hoped for Trump assassination. Color us skeptical., August 4, 2017

  • Trinity College professor’s ‘let them fucking die’ posts are protected speech; continued investigation unwarranted, July 7, 2017

  • Johnson C. Smith University to students accused of criminal conspiracy: You have the obligation to remain silent, May 23, 2017

  • At Notre Dame commencement, Vice President Pence addresses freedom of expression while students exercise it, May 22, 2017

  • Articles

  • The Roanoke Times, October 4, 2016, Steinbaugh: Should Speech-Restrictive Longwood University Host a Vice Presidential Debate? No