Sahar AzizSenior Fellow
Prior to joining legal academia, she served as a senior policy adviser for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and as an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, D.C., where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits. Aziz started her career as a litigation associate at WilmerHale. Aziz clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Aziz’s scholarship is at the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on how post-9/11 counterterrorism laws and policies adversely impact racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. She also is an expert on the Middle East, examining the relationship between authoritarianism, terrorism, 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, Aziz received the prestigious Derrick Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools Minority Law Section. She also was recognized as a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Magazine.
Aziz has been featured on CNN, CSPAN, Fox News, and Al-Jazeera and published commentaries on CNN.com, The New York Times, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute, the World Politics Review, Houston Chronicle, The Guardian, 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.
Aziz has a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas, where she served as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review.