Dave Sidhu is a founding director of the Discrimination and National Security Initiative (DNSI), an affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. The primary purpose of DNSI is to examine the mistreatment of minority communities during times of war or crisis, including the post-9/11 backlash in the United States against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. Dave also worked in the policy arm of a federal civil rights office, and served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge.
Dave's research with the Center for Internet and Society will focus on an alleged chilling effect of government security measures on the use of technology, principally the Internet, by Muslim-Americans. Dave is also currently working on a paper addressing whether and to what extent professional hockey players should be subject to legal punishment for on-ice behavior. His general areas of interest include constitutional law, civil rights, and wartime governance.
Dave received a B.A. in philosophy, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained a Master's in government from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the political theory editor of the Johns Hopkins Journal of American Politics. Dave has a law degree from The George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to the Maryland Bar.
A Sikh, Dave grew up in the Washington, DC area, and now lives in Phoenix, Arizona.