In the Name of National Security

Sahar Aziz, Texas A&M University School of Law

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 6:00pm
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Texas A&M School of Law

This event is by invitation only.   If interested, email

The discussion will examine recent law and policy initiatives, such as the attempted Muslim travel ban, FBI entrapment tactics, and the so-called PATRIOT Act passed after 9/11, which have sought to justify discriminatory practices aimed at Muslim communities in the name of national security. What can and can’t the government do to protect Americans? How do perceptions of Islam or Muslims affect national security policy?

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Sahar Aziz
Professor of Law, Texas A&M School of Law

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.

Sohaib Nazeer Sultan
Muslim Life Coordinator and Chaplain, Princeton University

Sohaib Nazeer Sultan is the first full-time Muslim Life Coordinator and Chaplain at Princeton University. Sultan is also a well-known author and writer.  His first book, The Koran for Dummies, part of the well-known for Dummies series was published by Wiley Publishing Inc. in 2004.  He published his second book The Qur’an and Sayings of Prophet Muhammad: Selection Annotated and Explained, in 2007 He is a graduate of the Hartford Theological Seminary earning a Masters in Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations, and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. His research and academic interests are in Islamic spirituality and psychology, as well as the development of practical skills in religious leadership.