Akhil Reed Amar
Published February 6, 2013
Updated April 22, 2021

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. After receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge Stephen Breyer in the U.S. Court of Appeals, then returned to Yale as a faculty member in 1985.

Amar’s work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 40 cases.

He is the author of more than a hundred law review articles and several books, most notably The Bill of RightsAmerica’s ConstitutionAmerica’s Unwritten Constitution and The Constitution Today. His latest book, The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840, was published in May 2021.

Amar has also recently launched a weekly podcast, Amarica’s Constitution, and he’s written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time and The Atlantic and was an informal consultant for The West Wing television series.

Expertise: Law, political science, politics, constitutional law

Location: New Haven, Conn.

Email: akhil.amar@yale.edu

Phone: 203-432-4838

Heard on NPR: Talk of the Nation: Should U.S. Constitution Be An International Model?

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