Mr. Dawinder “Dave” Sidhu, J.D., is an associate professor of law at the University of New Mexico. In 2010, he was selected to participate in the Pluralism Project’s Case Study Fellows program. He has written extensively on the intersection of individual rights and national security, in particular the rights of Muslims and SikhsSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. His work is concerned not only with the formal legal rights of these communities, but also their experiences in the post-9/11 climate. The research papers that follow explore the legality and propriety of government policies and programs in the national security context as they relate to members of these groups. At the time of this research, Mr. Sidhu was professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Selected Links and Publications
- Article: “Segregating Workplaces by Religion: Abercrombie Challenged at the Supreme Court on Its Hijab Policy,” The Atlantic, March 3, 2015.
- Article: “Out of Sight, Out of Legal Recourse: Interpreting and Revising Title VII to Prohibit Workplace Segregation Premised on Religion,” in New York University Review of Law and Social Change, January 16, 2012.
- Essay: “Civil Rights And the Wartime Supreme Court,” SCOTUSblog, February 22, 2010.
- Article: First Korematsu and Now Ashcroft v. Iqbal: The Latest Chapter in the Wartime Supreme Court’s Disregard for Claims of Discrimination,” in Buffalo Law Review, Vol. 58, p. 419, 2010.
- Book: Civil Rights in Wartime: the Post-9/11 Sikh Experience (Ashgate, 2009), by Dawinder S. Sidhu and Neha SinghUpon initiation into the Khalsa, Sikh men assume the name Singh, “Lion.” Gohil.
- Article: “Wartime America and The Wire: A Response to Posner’s Post-9/11 Constitutional Framework,” in George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (CRLJ), Vol. 20, No. 1, 2009.
- Article: “The Sikh Turban: Post-911 Challenges to this Article of Faith,” in Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, Volume 9.2 Spring 2008.
- Article: “The Chilling Effect of Government Surveillance Programs on the Use of the Internet By Muslim-Americans,” in University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, Vol. 7, p. 375, 2007.
- Report: “We are Americans Too: A Comparative Study of the Effects of 9/11 on South Asian Communities” (2006), commissioned by Dawinder S. Sidhu and Valarie KaurAll Sikh women who have joined the Khalsa assume the name Kaur, “Princess.” and written by June Han. [.pdf]