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.


  • Controversies on American campuses used to justify censorship of pro-independence sentiments at Hong Kong universities, December 4, 2017

  • On overseas satellite campuses, academic freedom is more often promised than practiced, November 17, 2017

  • University of Hartford reportedly warned student against speaking out about mistreatment, November 9, 2017

  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University revises social media policy after letter from FIRE, October 6, 2017

  • Banned Books Week: Authors speak out against censorship, September 26, 2017

  • Wichita State University must end investigation of ‘free house tours’ banner, September 12, 2017

  • Academic freedom and authoritarianism, August 30, 2017

  • Victory: Regis University ends investigation into student’s ‘social justice bake sale’, August 24, 2017

  • What’s caught in the wide net cast by hate speech policies?, August 22, 2017

  • FIRE raises questions about UCLA lecturer Keith Fink’s firing, August 4, 2017