Research & Resources
PEN America’s innovative research and analysis explores the impact of government policy, public sentiment, and media consumption trends on free expression in countries around the globe. The resulting reports inform policy recommendations and public toolkits to help our members and supporters advocate for sustainable change.
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Literature Locked Up: How Prison Book Restriction Policies Constitute the Nation’s Largest Book Ban
Literature Locked Up: How Prison Book Restriction Policies Constitute the Nation’s Largest Book Ban details book banning in American prisons. More
Chasm in the Classroom: Campus Free Speech in a Divided America
Chasm in the Classroom: Campus Free Speech in a Divided America details an array of infringements on speech, both official and informal. More
Truth on the Ballot: Fraudulent News, the Midterm Elections, and Prospects for 2020
Truth on the Ballot reviews significant examples of fraudulent news during the 2018 election and discusses how such disinformation shapes public discourse. More
Art Under Pressure: Decree 349 Restricts Creative Freedom in Cuba
Available in English and Spanish, Art Under Pressure examines the government’s efforts to institutionalize and expand limits on creative expression in Cuba. More
Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls on Social Media in China
Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls on Social Media in China lays bare the destructive impact of the Chinese government’s vision of “cyber sovereignty” on netizens who dare to dissent. More
Wrong Answer: How Good Faith Attempts to Address Free Speech and Anti-Semitism on Campus Could Backfire
Tennessee, North Carolina, and Wisconsin have already enacted comprehensive new campus speech laws with varied provisions. Similar proposals have been introduced or are under consideration in Michigan and Illinois. In… More