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Aziza Ahmed

Visiting Professor of Law

Spring 2025

Aziza Ahmed
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Aziza Ahmed is Professor of Law and N. Neal Pike Scholar at Boston University. Her scholarship examines the intersection of law, politics, and science in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law, health law, and family law.

Before joining Boston University School of Law, Professor Ahmed was professor of law at University of California, Irvine School of Law. She also taught at Northeastern University School of Law. She has served as visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, and Law and Public Affairs fellow at Princeton University.

Professor Ahmed is the author of the forthcoming book Risk and Resistance: How Feminists Transformed the Law and Science of AIDS, published by Cambridge University Press, and coeditor of the forthcoming handbook, Race, Racism, and the Law, published by Edward Elgar Publishing with Guy-Uriel Charles. She has recently published a co-edited volume The Routledge Companion on Gender and COVID-19 with Linda McClain.

Professor Ahmed’s scholarship has appeared in journals including the University of Miami Law Review, American Journal of Law and Medicine, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Boston University Law Review, and American Journal of International Law.

Prior to teaching, Professor Ahmed was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health Program on International Health and Human Rights. She came to that position after a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship where she worked with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. Professor Ahmed was a member of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has been an expert for many institutions, including the American Bar Association and UNDP.


  • B.A. Emory University
  • J.D. University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • M.S. Harvard School of Public Health