Sahar Aziz


Sahar Aziz


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Sahar F. Aziz is a Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar at Rutgers Law School. Previously she was a Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law; Sahar was also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center where she developed and taught a new course entitled National Security and Race in a Post-9/11 America. She is the author of The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom (2021, University of California Press). 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 from 2008 to 2009 where she worked on public policy involving the intersection of national security and civil rights. Professor Aziz led various roundtables between government officials and community groups to foster constructive dialogue and mutual trust among stakeholders. Prior to joining DHS, Professor Aziz was an Associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits alleging a nationwide pattern and practice of gender discrimination in pay and promotion. She started her legal career as an Associate at Wilmer Hale where she conducted an independent human rights investigation on child trafficking in the Middle East.


MA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas; JD, University of Texas School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  1. National Security and Counterterrorism
  2. Civil Rights
  3. Rule of Law in the Middle East
  4. Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in the West
  5. Employment Discrimination
  6. Race and the Law


Other Articles & Talks

The Hamline Controversy and the Real Threat to Academic Freedom

Confronting Liberal Islamophobia

Judge Brown Jackson and America’s moment of racial reckoning

The Power of Language in Combating Islamophobia

What’s Causing the Shift in US Public Opinion on Israel? 

Book Review: Stamped From the Beginning – The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

How Trump Is Using Coronavirus to Push His White Nationalist Election Agenda

Anti-Asian Racism Must Be Stopped Before It Is Normalised 

Israel’s Tlaib-Omar Ban Enacts a Signature Practice of Non-Democratic States

U.S. Leadership Needed on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Calls to Ban the Muslim Brotherhood Aim to Criminalise US Muslim Dissent, Not Counter Terrorism

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Show Muslim Women Don’t Need Saving

Stop Abusing State Power to Quash Palestinian Activism on Campus

Supreme Court Blesses Trump’s Muslim Ban, Undermines Religious Liberty

Let’s Talk Islamophobia

*Whose* Religious Freedom

Lessons to Learn from Terrorist Attack in New York City

With Democratization Comes More Religious Freedom and Less Terrorism

Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

Trump’s Authoritarian Administration

De-securitizing counterterrorism in the Sinai Peninsula

Trump’s Immigrant Ban Part of a Long, Sad Tradition

MozFest Speaker Series: Surveillance and Privacy Online

Don’t Let Terror Divide LGBTQ, Muslim Communities

Breaking the Ultimate Glass Ceiling

Countering Violent Extremism Coming to a Church Near You

Scholars: Trumps’ Call to Ban Muslims is UnAmerican

Don’t Collectively Punish Muslims

Identifying the Wrong Culprit for Terrorism

Fourteen Years After 9/11 – Are We Safer?

Online Debate on Countering Violent Extremism

Women Facing Anti-Muslim Backlash

Selected Scholarly Work

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