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Sahar F. Aziz

Professor of Law, Rutgers University Law School

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Sahar Aziz researches and writes on the intersection of national security, terrorism and civil rights in the U.S. and the Middle East.


Sahar F. Aziz is a Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School.  Professor Aziz’s scholarship examines intersections of national security, race, and civil rights with a focus on the adverse impact of national security laws and policies on racial, ethnic, and religious minorities in the U.S.  She is the founding director of the interdisciplinary Rutgers Center for Security, Race, and Civil Rights. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark.  

Professor Aziz’s academic articles have been published in the Harvard National Security JournalNebraska Law ReviewGeorge Washington International Law ReviewPenn State Law Review, and the Texas Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal.  Her book "The Muslim Menace: The Racialization of Religion in the Post-9/11 Era" is forthcoming with Harvard University Press.  In 2015, Professor Aziz was named an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and recipient of the Derrick Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools Minority Section.  In 2017, she was selected as the recipient of the Research Making an Impact Award by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).

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 and Al Jazeera English.  She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and the Race and the Law Profs blog.  She also served on the board of the ACLU of Texas and as a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution – Doha.   

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. 


  • National Security/Law
  • Foreign Policy
  • US Politics

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National Security, North African Issues, Middle East, Women's Issues, Terrorism. Discrimination and Bigotry, Civil Liberties

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