Akhil Reed Amar

Sterling Professor of Law

(on leave, fall 2016)


Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society.

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 1984

B.A., Yale University, 1980

Courses Taught


  • Constitutional Law
  • Reading the Constitution: Substance and Method

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980 and from Yale Law School in 1984, and clerking for then Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 at the age of 26. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 30 cases—tops in his generation. In various comprehensive surveys of judicial citations and/or scholarly citations, he invariably ranks among America’s five most-cited legal scholars under age sixty. 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 Wall Street Journal, 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 the author of dozens of law review articles and 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), America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012), and The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic (Basic Books, 2015). His newest book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era, was published in September 2016.

Monday, December 5, 2016


Republican success opens door to amending US Constitution

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 is quoted in an article about potential amendments to the Constitution.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Justice Under Trump: A Look at What the Future Holds for America's Top Court

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Reed Amar ’84 was a guest to talk about the future of the Supreme Court.

Friday, November 11, 2016


5th time candidate won most votes, lost

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 is quoted in an article on the number of candidates throughout US history who have won the popular vote but lost the electoral college.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Impeach Hillary Clinton? A boon for Democrats—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School.

Monday, October 31, 2016


Comey Is a Constitutional Lightweight, and Donald Trump Remains the Only Scandal Worth Talking About—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Alito, Thomas to Headline Federalist Society Annual Convention

The annual Federalist Society Convention happening next month will feature Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 and John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence William Eskridge ’78, as well as numerous alums including Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas ’74 and Samuel Alito ’75.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


The Constitution Today

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was a guest where he discussed the relevance of America’s Constitution to contemporary headlines.

Friday, September 9, 2016


Professor Amar To Release New Book, The Constitution Today

In the midst of a heated presidential election and during one of the few times in modern history in which all four major federal institutions of power are in play electorally, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science Akhil Reed Amar ’84 has a new book examining how the Constitution is an essential tool to confronting the pressing issues of this moment.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Akhil Reed Amar: How Hillary Clinton Is Like Alexander Hamilton

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 is interviewed prior to the release of his latest book, The Constitution Today.

Monday, August 15, 2016


Fact-Checking Donald Trump's Foreign Policy Speech

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science Akhil Amar ’84 and Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law Peter Schuck are quoted in a story that fact-checks Donald Trump’s recent speech on foreign policy.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Who judges the judges—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.

 

Friday, June 24, 2016


Why doesn’t the split court tell us their votes?—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Gurvey’s Law

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science Akhil Reed Amar ’84 was a guest panelist where the topics discussed included campaign finance reform and the Citizens United SCOTUS decision.

Monday, March 21, 2016


Stern Rebuke for Senators

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science Akhil Amar ’84 is quoted in an article by Visiting Lecturer in Law Adam Liptak ’88 about remarks made by Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts regarding the confirmation process.

Friday, March 18, 2016


Democrats should demand hearings but not a vote.—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


One strategy to improve Garland's chances—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Can Obama be Reagan? Can the Senate be reasonable?—A Commentary by Akhil Amar ’84 and Vikram Amar ’88

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and Vikram Amar ’88 is dean and Iwan Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Who's on Obama's Supreme Court short list?

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was a guest on a panel discussing possible nominees to fill the vacancy left by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Cruz citizenship case should be tried in court of public opinion—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is a Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Why Ted Cruz is eligible to be president—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is a Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, January 11, 2016


Debate Over The Second Amendment To The U.S. Constitution

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was a guest to discuss the Second Amendment. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Could US Legally Bar Muslims From Country?

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 is quoted in an article about Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering America.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Author Bob Woodward to Give Book Talk

Bob Woodward, recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes, will be in conversation with Professor Akhil Reed Amar ’84 on October 19, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Room 127.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


The Supreme Court's cases to watch—A Commentary by Akhil Amar ’84 and Vikram Amar ’88

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School and Vikram Amar ’88 is dean and Iwan Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Monday, September 28, 2015


Doug Kendall, Visionary Progressive Lawyer, Dies at 51

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 is quoted in an obituary for Doug Kendall, founder of the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Center launches interactive effort on the Constitution

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 is mentioned in an article about the launch of an interactive, online Constitution made available by the National Constitution Center.

Monday, August 24, 2015


End Birthright Citizenship? Yale Constitutional Law Prof: Only Way To End It Is Amend The Constitution. And Good Luck With That!

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was a guest and discussed the history of birthright citizenship.

Friday, July 10, 2015


What the Same-Sex Marriage Opinion Should Have Said (and Almost Did)

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School.

Friday, July 3, 2015


Maura Moynihan Says India Is Her Favorite Country

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was honored by the Connecticut chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin.

Monday, June 29, 2015


America Has Been Moving Leftward Since Its Founding—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Akhil Reed Amar to be honored by GOPIO-CT

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Reed Amar ’84 will be honored by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin – Connecticut chapter. Senator Richard Blumenthal ’73 is also mentioned.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Akhil Amar to National Council on the Humanities

On May 20, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Professor Akhil Amar ’84 to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Yale scholar offers insights on Obama and constitutional change

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was interviewed about ideas contained in his new book “The Law of the Land.”

Friday, May 22, 2015


Akhil Reed Amar looks at how geography influence our views on the Constitution

Stephen Wermiel reviewed Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar’s ’84 book The Law of the Land.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

President Obama has nominated Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 for membership in the National Council on the Humanities.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


The Constitution and the States

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was a guest on the radio program, where he discussed how geography and history affect interpretation of the law.

Monday, May 4, 2015


Video: Akhil Amar on America’s Constitutional Landscape

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 appeared at the National Constitution Center, where he discussed how geography has shaped American constitutional law.

Monday, April 20, 2015


The Tea Party will never understand the Constitution: What the right misses about its favorite document

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 took part in a Q & A about his new book The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Akhil Amar ’84 Authors Book of Essays on the Constitution and the States

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Reed Amar ’84 has written a book of essays, The Law of the Land (Basic Books, April 14, 2015), on the difference states make on American jurisprudence.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


We all live in the Land of Lincoln—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


'The Law Of The Land' Author Akhil Reed Amar LIVE

Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar ’84 was a guest, where he discussed his book The Law of the Land.

Monday, March 30, 2015


Give the crew the key—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Justices Put Great Weight on Existing Property Interests—A Commentary by Akhil Reed Amar ’84

Akhil Reed Amar ’84 is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


YLS Professor Akhil Amar ’84 to Teach Open Online Course

Four of Yale’s most distinguished scholars are inaugurating the University’s new free online course program. Among them is Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, whose online course on “Constitutional Law” begins on January 27. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012


New Releases by Professors Amar and Witt Named to Best Books of 2012 Lists

Professor John Witt’s book, Lincoln’s Code, and Professor Akhil Amar’s book, America’s Unwritten Constitution, have been named notable books of 2012 by two top newspapers.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


America’s Unwritten Constitution by Professor Akhil Reed Amar ’84

In his new book, America’s Unwritten Constitution, Professor Akhil Reed Amar ’84 guides readers through the landmark cases, implicit principles, common practices, and more that make up our country’s unwritten Constitution.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Reaction: Supreme Court Rules on Health Care Law

Yale Law School faculty members and lecturers comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the health care law.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Professors Amar ’84 and Levinson To Debate: Does the Text of the Constitution Matter?

Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar ’84 and Visiting Professor Sanford V. Levinson will debate “Orthodoxy or Orthopraxy: Does the Text of the Constitution Matter?” as part of the “Debating Law & Religion” series on Dec. 6.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Akhil Amar '84 Appointed Sterling Professor of Law

Akhil Reed Amar, newly designated as Sterling Professor of Law, is a scholar of constitutional law, the Bill of Rights and criminal procedure.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006


Prof. Akhil Reed Amar Interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition

Professor Amar was interviewed for a National Public Radio story
titled “Supreme Court More Conservative, Fragmented.”