Shirin Sinnar joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2012. Her scholarship focuses on the role of institutions, including courts and executive branch agencies, in protecting individual rights and democratic values in the national security context. Her recent work explores the capacity of Inspectors General, civil rights offices, and other institutions within federal agencies to monitor and oversee national security conduct. Other research interests include the procedural dimensions of civil rights and national security litigation, domestic intelligence-gathering and profiling, and the impact of counterterrorism policies on U.S. minority and immigrant communities.
Prior to her faculty appointment, Sinnar taught Legal Research and Writing and Federal Litigation to first-year law students as a Thomas C. Grey Fellow. She previously served as a public interest attorney with the Asian Law Caucus and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco, where she represented individuals facing discrimination based on government national security policies and unlawful employment practices. Sinnar also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School (J.D. 2003), Cambridge University (M. Phil. International Relations 1999), and Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (summa cum laude, A.B. History 1998).
JD, Stanford Law School, 2003
M.Phil. (International Relations), Cambridge University, 1999