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Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, Rutgers University - Newark

Sahar Aziz is Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law. Her 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. Her research also investigates the relationship between authoritarianism, terrorism, and rule of law in the Middle East.

She is the author of The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom (2021) and founding director of the Center for Security, Race and Right ( Professor Aziz is a recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools and was named a 2020 Middle Eastern and North African American National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader by New America. She is also a faculty affiliate of the African American Studies Department at Rutgers University-Newark and a member of the Rutgers-Newark Chancellor's Commission on Diversity and Transformation.

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.


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law
  • 2017–present
    Founding Director, Rutgers Center for Security, Race and Rights
  • 2013–2017
    Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law


  • 2004 
    University of Texas at Austin, J.D., M.A.


  • 2021
    The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom , University of California Press

Professional Memberships

  • Arab Law Quarterly, Editor
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies, Editor
  • International Law Association (American Branch), Chair of Islamic Law and Society Committee