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Sahar Aziz

Sahar F. Aziz is an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law where she teaches torts, national security, civil rights, race and the law, and Middle East law. She is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. Prior to Texas A&M, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, D.C. where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits. Professor Aziz started her career as a litigation associate at WilmerHale.

Professor Aziz’s scholarship is at the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on how post-9/11 laws and policies adversely impact racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. She is also an expert on the Middle East wherein she focuses on the relationship between authoritarianism and rule of law in Egypt. Her academic articles have been published in the Harvard National Security Journal, George Washington International Law Review, Penn State Law Review, and the Texas Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal. In 2015, Professor Aziz was named an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Magazine and received the prestigious Derrick Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools Minority Section in recognition of her scholarship and advocacy.

Professor Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Fox News, Russia Today and Al Jazeera America and published commentaries on, the New York Times, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute, the World Politics Review, the Houston Chronicle, The Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, and Huffington Post. She is an editor of the Race and the Law Profs blog and serves on the board of the ACLU of Texas.

Professor Aziz has 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 United States District Court for the District of Maryland.