Jacob Mchangama

Founder and Executive Director

Jacob Mchangama is the Founder and Executive Director of The Future of Free Speech. He is a research professor at Vanderbilt University and a Senior Fellow at The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE). In 2018, he was a visiting scholar at Columbia’s Global Freedom of Expression Center. He has commented extensively on free speech and human rights in outlets including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. Jacob has published in academic and peer-reviewed journals, including Human Rights Quarterly, Policy Review, and Amnesty International’s Strategic Studies. He is the producer and narrator of the podcast “Clear and Present” Danger: A History of Free Speech and the critically acclaimed book Free Speech: A History From Socrates to Social Media, published by Basic Books in 2022. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work on free speech and human rights.



Recent Commentary

The Daily Beast: PEN America Is Right to Stay Out of Gaza War Activism

Reason: Should Free Speech Pessimists Look to Europe?

The Conversation: AI Chatbots Refuse to Produce ‘Controversial’ Output − Why That’s A Free Speech Problem

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Media Citations

Reason: Report: E.U. Censorship Laws Mostly Suppress Legal Speech

La Presse: Excess of Censored Messages, Limited Freedom of Expression

Reason: Australia Tries To Censor the World

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Report: Freedom of Expression in Generative AI – A Snapshot of Content Policies

Book chapter: Counterspeech – Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Countering Dangerous Speech

Article: Freedom of Expression and Social Conflict

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Jacob Mchangama on Doha Debates: Should Everything Be Up for Debate?

Jacob Mchangama: Commencement Speech at The Birch Wathen Lenox School

Stanford Publius Symposium with Jacob Mchangama: Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media

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