Prof. Akhil Reed Amar

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in over 30 cases (citing to four different books and more than a dozen distinct articles), and he regularly testifies before Congress at the invitation of both Republicans and Democrats. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 he received the DeVane Medal—Yale’s highest award for teaching excellence. He has written widely for popular publications such as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, the Los Angeles TimesThe Atlantic, and Slate. He was an informal consultant to the popular TV show, The West Wing, and his work has been showcased on more recent TV shows such as The Colbert ReportCharlie Rose, and The MHP Show. Professor Amar is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles(Yale Univ. Press, 1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998), America’s Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005), and America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012). His most recent book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic (Basic Books, 2015), has just been published, and his next book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era, will be published in September 2016—just in time for the upcoming election.

  • J.D., Yale, 1984
  • B.A., Yale, 1980

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Publications and Multimedia
The Original View of Congress - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2015
Separation of Powers - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
The Constitution Turns 225 with Clarence Thomas - Event Audio/Video
In partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration and the Constitutional Accountability Center
September 21, 2012