Akhil Reed Amar

2016, San Diego, CA

Michael L.J. Apuzzo Lecturer on Creativity and Innovation

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 Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The 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 Report, Charlie 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), was published last spring, and his next book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era, will be published in September, just in time for the upcoming presidential election.