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Sahar Aziz

Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs


Sahar Aziz is professor of law, Middle East Legal Studies Scholar, and Chancellor's Social justice Scholar at Rutgers University Law School.  Professor Aziz's scholarship examines the intersection of national security, race, religion, and civil  rights with a focus on the adverse impact of national security laws and policies on racial, religious, and ethnic minorities.  She is the founding director of the Center for Security, Race and Rights and was named a Soros Equality Fellow in 2021.

Professor Aziz has published over thirty academic articles and book chapters.  Her articles are published in the Harvard National Security Journal, Washington and Lee Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, George Washington International Law Review, Penn State Law Review, and the Texas Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal.  Her groundbreaking book The Racial Muslim:  When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom examines how religious bigotry racializes immigrant Muslims through a historical and comparative approach.

Professor Aziz's commentary has appeared in the New York Times,, Carnegie Endowment's Sada Journal, Middle East Institute,, World Politics Review, Houston Chronicle, Austin Statesmen, The Guardian, and Christian Science Monitor.  She is a frequent public speaker and has appeared on CNN, BBC World, PBS, CSPAN, MSNBC, Fox News, Black News Channel, and A1 Jazeera English.  She is an editor of the Race and the Law Profs blog.  She previously served on the board of the ACLU of Texas and as a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution - Doha.  She currently serves on the the board of directors of ReThink Media, the Project on Democracy in the Middle East (POMED), and Democracy in the Arab World Now (DAWN).

Prior to joining legal academia, Professor Aziz served as  a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she worked on law and policy at the intersection of national security and civil liberties.  Professor Aziz began her legal career as a litigation associate for WilmerHale after which she was an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, D.C. where she litigated Title VII class actions on behalf of plaintiffs.

Professor Aziz earned a J.D. and M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas where she served as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review.  Professor Aziz clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.