Early in his career, Fish was primarily concerned with the works of Milton. However, his interest in literature evolved into the study of the application of literary theory to law, and today, a significant amount of his scholarship examines the relationship of liberalism to First Amendment jurisprudence.
Fish is the author of several books, including Is There A Text in This Class? (1982), Doing What Comes Naturally (1990), and There's No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It's a Good Thing, Too (1993), which draws on Fish's famed debates with Dinesh D'Souza and contains many of his provocative arguments on reverse discrimination, free speech and a politicized academy. His most recent book is Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change (1995). Many of Fish's writings have been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew.
The lecture "Hate Speech" is part of the President's Focus Series on Civility and Conflict Resolution and is co-sponsored by the Department of English and Root Jessup Public Affairs Council.