Newswise — PROFESSOR SAHAR AZIZ of Rutgers Law School, an expert on national security and civil rights with a focus on the impact of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian diasporas in the West is available to talk about the mosque shootings in New Zealand.

Professor Aziz is a Rutgers Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar and the founder of the Rutgers Center for Security, Race, and Rights which researches the causes and effects of Islamophobia in the United States and other Western nations. Professor Aziz previously 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. 

She is a widely-sought after spokesperson who has appeared on the BBC, Al-Jazeera, the New York Times, and Her book The Muslim Menace: The Racialization of Religion in the Post-9/11 Era is forthcoming with Harvard University Press

She is a recipient of the Derrick Bell award from the American Association of Law Schools and served as a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution-Doha. She is also a faculty affiliate of the African American Studies Department at Rutgers University-Newark and an editor for the Arab Law Quarterly. Professor Aziz teaches courses on national security, critical race theory, evidence, torts, and Middle East law.

She earned a J.D. and M.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas where she was as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. Professor Aziz clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.