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Ehsan Zaffar

Executive Director and Professor of Practice
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520

Ehsan Zaffar is an educator, civil rights lawyer and founder of The Difference Engine, ASU's Center on the Future of Equality. As ASU’s “Chief Difference Engineer” Ehsan works with some of the brightest students and thoughtful faculty and staff in the country to craft real-world solutions to some of our nation’s most daunting problems.

Prior to his work at Arizona State University, he served as a Senior Advisor on Civil Rights at the United States Department of Homeland Security. He is the founder of the Los Angeles Mobile Legal Aid Clinic (LAMLAC) which helped pioneer the delivery of mobile legal care to vulnerable populations in California and across the nation. He serves on the board of ACLU California, as well as Team Rubicon, the country's pre-eminent disaster relief organization and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Pacific Council on International Policy and the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Learn more about Ehsan's work and listen to UnfairNation, his podcast on inequality.



Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SST 494Special Topics
POS 494Special Topics
JUS 494Special Topics
Honors / Awards: 
  • U.S. State Department's Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy
  • Secretary's Award for Excellence in Service.

Law and Public Policy, Routledge Press, 2019. 

Professional Associations: 
  • Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Pacific Council on International Policy
  • Distinguished Non-Resident Scholar at the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender
  • Visiting Fellow on (In)Equality at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.
  • Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) California
  • Board of Advisors, Team Rubicon
Industry Positions: 
Executive Education Courses: 
  • Aspen Institute’s Executive Leadership (Class of 2018)