Alexander McCobin


United States

University of Pennsylvania & Georgetown University


Bio: Alexander McCobin is co-founder and president of Students For Liberty. Under his leadership, Students For Liberty has grown into the largest libertarian student organization in the world with over 1,574 leaders trained in the 2015-16 school year and 1,916 active student groups. Previously, Alexander worked at the Cato Institute and ran another nonprofit organization that introduced high school debate programs to underserved youth in the greater Philadelphia area. Alexander also serves on the Board of Advisors of The Atlas Society and is an honorary board member of the Our America Initiative. Alexander received his B.A. in philosophy and economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and received his M.A. in philosophy at Georgetown University in 2014.

Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, & F.A. Hayek

On Students For Liberty in 2013: “This is the libertarian generation.  Whether it is the immense growth of Students For Liberty around the world, polling data showing young people as socially tolerant and fiscally responsible, or articles proclaiming the same point by The Economist, more and more evidence keeps mounting to back up this claim.  Students For Liberty has brought together more impressive young people who are dedicated to the ideas of liberty than anyone thought was possible when we started.  We are empowering the next generation of leaders of liberty to make a difference today, to build a freer world right now.”

On Students For Liberty in 2008: “After my first two years of college, I nearly gave up on my libertarian principles because I thought I was alone.  It wasn’t until, by luck, I discovered others who believed in the same principles as myself that my passion to advocate for liberty was reignited.  Students For Liberty exists to prevent other students who believe in liberty from feeling alone and empower them to pursue liberty whenever possible.  Seeing SFL grow from a flicker of an idea into an incredible organization has only reaffirmed my passion for liberty and my belief that by bringing students together in a common effort for liberty, we can change the world.”