Civil Rights in the Post-9/11 Era of Global Conflict and Populism


Sahar F. Aziz

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Prof. Aziz examines the state of civil rights and how they have been affected by various factors arising since 9/11 including: US military interventions in the Middle East, media focus on terrorism committed by Muslims in the US and abroad, changing racial and ethnic demographics of the US, rise of white nationalist and nativist movements, and populist activism by African American and Latino communities.

Sahar F. Aziz is a professor at Texas A&M University School of Law and a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. Prior to joining Texas A&M, she served as a senior policy advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and 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’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 is also an expert on the Middle East, wherein she examines 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 was also recognized as a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Magazine. Aziz has been featured on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News and Al Jazeera and published commentaries on CNN.com, 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 JD and MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas, where she served as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. She clerked for The Honorable Andre M. Davis on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.