Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar
Sahar Aziz
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-2591

Sahar Aziz’s scholarship examines the 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 a recipient of the Derrick Bell award from the American Association of Law Schools and served as a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution-Doha.

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Biography

Sahar Aziz is Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School.  Professor Aziz’s scholarship adopts an interdisciplinary approach to examine 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.  Her research also investigates the relationship between authoritarianism, terrorism, and rule of law in Egypt.  She is the founding director of the interdisciplinary Rutgers Center for Security, Race, and Civil Rights. She is also a faculty affiliate of the African American Studies Department at Rutgers University-Newark and an editor for the Arab Law Quarterly.  Professor Aziz teaches courses on national security, critical race theory, evidence, torts, and Middle East law.

Professor Aziz’s academic articles have been published in the Harvard National Security Journal, Washington and Lee Law ReviewNebraska Law Review, George Washington International Law Review, Penn 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, CNN.com, Carnegie Endowment’s Sada Journal, Middle East Institute, Foxnews.com, 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 an editor of 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.  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 was 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. 

Publications

Books

The Muslim Menace: Racialization of Religion in the Post-9/11 Era (Harvard University Press, Forthcoming 2019)

Law Review Articles

Authoritarianization of U.S. Counterterrorism, Washington & Lee Law Review (forthcoming 2018) (solicited)

A Muslim Registry: The Precursor to Internment?, 2018 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 101 (2018) (solicited)

Military Electoral Authoritarianism in Egypt, 16 ELECTION L. J. 280 (2017) (solicited) (peer reviewed)

Losing the “War of Ideas:” A Critique of Countering Violent Extremism Programs, 52 TEX. INT’L L. J. 255 (2017) (solicited)

Rethinking Counterterrorism in the Age of ISIS: Lessons from Sinai, 95 NEB. L. REV. 307 (2016) 

Independence without Accountability: The Judicial Paradox of Egypt’s Failed Transition to Democracy, 120 PENN ST. L.  REV. 1 (2016) 

Coercing Assimilation: The Case of Muslim Women of Color, 24 TRANSNATION L. & CONTEMP. PROBLEMS 1 (Univ. of Iowa) (Fall 2015) (solicited)

The Blinding Color of Race: Elections and Democracy in a Post-Shelby Era, 17 BERKELEY J. AFR.-AM. L. & POL'Y 182 (2015) 

Coercive Assimilationism: The Perils of Muslim Women's Identity Performance in the Workplace, 20 MICH. J. RACE & L. 1 (2014) 

Bringing Down an Uprising: Egypt’s Stillborn Revolution, 30 CONN. J. INT'L L. 1 (2014) 

Policing Terrorists in the Community, 5 HARV. NAT'L SEC. J. 147 (2014)

Revolution without Reform? A Critique of Egypt’s Election Laws, 15 GEO. WASH. INT’L L. REV. 101 (2012)

From the Oppressed to the Terrorist: Muslim American Women in the Crosshairs of Intersectionality, 9 HASTINGS RACE & POV. L. J. 191 (2012)

Caught in a Preventive Dragnet:  Selective Counterterrorism in a Post 9-11 America, 47 GONZ. L. REV. 1 (2012)

Egypt’s Protracted Revolution, 19 NO. 3 HUM. RTS. BRIEF 1 (2012) (solicited) 

Sticks and Stones, the Words that Hurt: Entrenched Stereotypes 8 Years After 9/11, 13 N.Y. CITY L. REV. 33 (2009)

The Laws on Providing Material Support to Terrorist Organizations: The Erosion of Constitutional Rights or a  Legitimate Tool for Combating Terrorism?, 9 TEX. J. C.L. & C.R. 45 (2003) 

Linking Intellectual Property Rights with Research and Development, Technology Transfer, and Foreign Investment: A  Case Study of Egypt’s Pharmaceutical Industry, 10 ILSA J. INT’L & COMP. L. 1 (2003) 

Book Chapters

The Alpha Female and the Sinister Seven, in PRESUMED INCOMPETENT II: THE INTERSECTIONS OF RACE AND CLASS FOR WOMEN IN ACADEMIA (eds. Carmen Gonzalez & Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs) (NYU Press, forthcoming 2019) (solicited)

Coercive Assimilationism and Muslim Women’s Identity Performance in the Workplace, in ISLAMOPHOBIA AND THE LAW (eds. Khaled Beydoun & Cyra Choudry) (Cambridge Press, forthcoming 2019) (solicited)

(De)liberalization of Judicial Independence in Post-January 25th Egypt, in EGYPT AND THE CONTRADICTIONS OF LIBERALISM: ILLIBERALISM, INTELLIGENTSIA AND THE FUTURE OF EGYPTIAN DEMOCRACY (eds. Dalia Fahmy & Daanish Faruqi, Oneworld 2017) (solicited)

Egypt’s Revolution Turned Uprising, in EGYPT BEYOND TAHRIR (ed. Bessma Momain & Eid Mohamed, Indiana University Press 2016) (solicited)

Theater or Transitional Justice: Reforming the Judiciary in Egypt, in TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST (ed. Chandra Sriram) (Oxford University Press 2016) (solicited)

Terror(izing) the Muslim “Veil,” in THE RULE OF LAW AND THE RULE OF GOD, edited by Simeon Ilesanmi (Palsgraf Press 2014) (solicited)  

 

Expertise
  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Human Rights
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Employment Discrimination
  • National Security Law
  • Religion (Law &)
  • Terrorism (International)