Op-Ed Columns

Trump’s Assault on Twitter is an Attack on the First Amendment

The Washington Post, September 29, 2020

President Trump’s ongoing assault against Twitter may represent the most egregious violation of the First Amendment by a president since Richard M. Nixon went to war against this newspaper almost half a century ago.

In Order To Prevent Another Voting Debacle, Turn To Paper Balloting

The Boston Globe, February 24, 2020

Nevada may have so far escaped controversy. But voting should not be a roll of the dice. Our nation has the capacity to build a better elections system for the future.

Paper Ballots Are Essential to Securing Our Elections and Our Democracy

The Hill, September 3, 2019

Public confidence in the integrity and security of our elections is essential for democracy to be a trusted means of governing, and that very confidence is now under unprecedented attack by foreign adversaries.

No I Won't Start Spying on My Foreign-Born Students

The Washington Post, August 30, 2019

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies determined to thwart the illegal transfer of intellectual property to foreign rivals are encouraging U.S. academics and administrators to develop more robust protocols for monitoring foreign-born students and visiting scholars — particularly if they are ethnically Chinese.

Free Speech on Campus Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You

The Atlantic, June 12, 2019

Americans should not confuse a First Amendment that is codified with a First Amendment that is calcified. In landmark case after case, the First Amendment has continued to evolve as new threats to the exercise of free expression have emerged.

How the U.S. Could Prosecute Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers

The Washington Post, March 31, 2019

The deadly assault on Khashoggi — a legal resident of the United States, with children who are U.S. citizens — was also a brazen and an egregious assault against American values and against the First Amendment rights he exercised in this country. 


Free to State: The New Free Speech

Washington Post Live, October 7, 2020

President Bollinger was interviewed by journalist Frances Stead Sellers on the past, present, and future of free speech in the United States. 

Columbia University President On New ICE Regulations Regarding International Students

All Things Considered, July 9, 2020

President Bollinger talks to NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about his opposition to new regulations for international students released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Columbia University President Addresses 21st-Century Challenges

Ekathimerini, Feb 2, 2020

During a recent visit to Athens, President Bollinger met with Education Minister Niki Kerameus and explored the prospect of setting up a Columbia Global Center in Greece.

A Conversation About Sex, Power, and Assault on College Campuses

Columbia News, January 14, 2020

President Bollinger sat down with Columbia professors Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan for a wide-ranging discussion about their new book, Sexual Citizens. The book offers a fresh way of thinking about the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. 

Diversity Has Become a Booming Business. So Where Are the Results?

Time, October 10, 2019

Because of this decision, says Columbia University president Lee Bollinger, who as president of the University of Michigan was named in two lawsuits in which white students who’d been denied admission claimed reverse discrimination, “we’re deprived of the context that gave it a sense of mission. Every college leader is told, ‘Do not refer to history.'”

President Bollinger and Agnès Callamard Discuss Free Speech and Jamal Khashoggi

The Washington Post, September 28, 2019

President Bollinger and Agnès Callamard discuss how the US should do more to respond to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a video for The Washington Post.