Sarah Ruger

Free Speech & Peace


Sarah Ruger is director for free expression at the Charles Koch Institute.

Prior to joining CKI, Ruger managed external relations for the Institute for Humane Studies, connecting academic research on human and societal well-being with opportunities for public policy impact.

Ruger has served on the executive board of Communities Overcoming Extremism: The After Charlottesville Project, a national initiative to convene diverse researchers, educators, community leaders and rights activists to understand the tools needed to foster a culture of peaceful pluralism. Ruger’s work has been featured in USA Today, the Miami Herald and Inside Higher Ed among others.

Ruger earned her bachelor’s in political economy and Spanish from Belmont University in Nashville and now lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her husband, Charlie, and their unruly hound dog.

Brian Hawkins is director of free expression initiatives at the Charles Koch Institute where he works with diverse partners to make it easier for all Americans to engage in public discourse.

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