Arjun Sethi

Adjunct Professor

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Arjun Sethi is a longtime community activist and writer based in Washington, D.C. He has worked closely with Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities for years, and represented their interests in court, congress, and international bodies. He is particularly active on domestic and international surveillance issues and pre-arrest police civilian encounters, including racial and faith based profiling, consensual stops, predictive policing, location tracking, biometric data collection, and countering violent extremist programs. His writing has appeared in numerous national outlets, including CNN, The Guardian, USA Today, and The Washington Post, and he has been widely quoted in print, radio and television, including by The New York Times, The Independent, BBC America, BBC World Radio, and NPR. He has represented victims of domestic violence, asylum-seekers, national security detainees, and criminal defendants on death row. He is also a consultant and advises foundations, nonprofits, and advocacy groups on rapid-response policy analysis, public education and community organizing, and multi-racial solidarity.

He presently serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s National Committee on Homeland Security, Counterterrorism, and Treatment of Enemy Combatants. He previously served as national legislative counsel for human rights and national security related affairs at the American Civil Liberties Union and was an associate at the international law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. Professor Sethi is a graduate of NYU Law School and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he served as graduation class speaker. He is a member of the New York and D.C. bars.

Publications: American Hate: Survivors Speak Out (The New Press - August 7, 2018) *featured on NPR's Best Book Listing for 2018


Teaching in Spring 2019 
INAF 426: "Muslims, Civil Rights, & the War on Terror"

White Gravenor #409
Lecture Schedule Type 
3 Credits

Course Description can be found at the following: LINK