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.


  • Drexel University avoids transparency about why it barred professor from campus, as criticism piles up, December 4, 2017

  • Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci threatens Tufts student newspaper over opinion piece, November 27, 2017

  • As Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute threatens more students with punishment, student body president highlights RPI’s missed opportunity, November 17, 2017

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s commitment to freedom of expression remains doubtful, November 8, 2017

  • Russia-linked Twitter account helped Drexel professor’s ‘White Genocide’ tweet go viral, prompting university investigation, October 20, 2017

  • Hecklers shout down California attorney general, assembly majority leader at Whittier College, October 13, 2017

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute denies students permission to protest administration — again, October 9, 2017

  • Department of Justice files Statement of Interest in campus free speech case, Uzuegbunam v. Preczweski, September 26, 2017

  • University of Mary Washington’s decision not to ban anonymous app Yik Yak upheld by federal court, September 26, 2017

  • University of Wisconsin–Madison deletes students’ video amid criticism from state senator, September 22, 2017

  • Articles

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