Islam Under Trial: Muslims and Civil Liberties

Sahar Aziz, Texas A&M School of Law

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:15pm
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Event Category: 
Public Speaker

Open to the Public



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Sahar F. Aziz
Texas A&M University School of Law;
Brookings Institution

Sahar F. Aziz is a professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law where she teaches courses on national security, civil rights, and Middle East law. She also serves as a Nonresident Fellow at Brookings Doha Center. Prior to joining Texas A&M, 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. Professor Aziz’s scholarship incorporates political science, sociology, and social psychology literature to examine how national security laws and policies adversely impact racial, ethnic, and religious minorities in the United States. She is also an expert on the Middle East wherein she focuses on the relationship between authoritarianism and rule of law in Egypt, with a particular interest in the role of the courts. 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 Issues in Higher Education and received the Derrick Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools Minority Group Section. Professor Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC, Fox News and Al Jazeera America and published commentaries on, the New York Times, Sada Journal, World Politics Review, Houston Chronicle, The Guardian, and Christian Science Monitor. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and the Race and the Law Profs blog. She also serves on the board of the ACLU of Texas. 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 (currently on the Fourth Circuit for the U.S. Court of Appeals) when he served on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

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