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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed AmarAkhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from 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 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 television show, The West Wing, and his work has been showcased more recently on The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose, and msnbc's Melissa Harris-Perry. Amar is the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (1998), America’s Constitution: A Biography (2005), America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (2012), and The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic (2015). 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.

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