Amar is an artist and the founder of Shared_Studios, a collective dedicated to carving wormholes through the world.
He is currently completing his degree at Yale Law School, working on how to enhance democratic discourse within the U.S. and interpersonal understanding across borders through public art interventions. Amar is also Founding Director of The Legal Medium symposium at Yale, which explores how artists use law in their work. That symposium will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
Amar graduated from Harvard University in 2006 as the first joint major in Social Studies and Visual and Environmental Studies. He created a text and video thesis on the workings of Zimbabwe’s Information Ministry during land reform. He also founded Aina Arts, integrating local artisans into under-resourced schools in Mussoorie, India.
In 2006, Amar joined the Washington Post, editing an international affairs blog moderated by David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria connecting seventy-five eminent international journalists in daily discussion about issues of the day.
While in this role, Amar pitched a novel text and video idea to travel the world for a year capturing the unique stories of individuals from all walks of life – from farmers and rappers to imams and entrepreneurs – on how they see America. He received funding and in 2007 set out around the world with just a backpack and a video camera. He visited twelve countries over the coming year creating text and video vignettes on How the World Sees America. Fareed Zakaria called the series "Fascinating and groundbreaking."
When Barack Obama won the presidency, Amar became Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. In this role, he worked on development policy, Muslim outreach and integrating new media into diplomatic efforts. In the corridors of Washington, however, he felt removed from the people affected by policy decisions and realized that the ideal role for him was somewhere between power and the periphery, sharing individual stories and connecting disparate groups through media and art.
He went back to media, this time at CNN.com where he built the organization's flagship international analysis site and launched his own live online show connecting people around the world in conversation. The online show was his first attempt at bringing people from all walks of life into direct dialogue – putting individuals like those he met on the road in touch from Seoul to Caracas. Shared_Studios is the next iteration of this attempt, though now in the world of art and with more advanced technologies than ever.
In addition to undergrad and law school, Amar received a Masters in International Affairs and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2014. He is a Truman Scholar and Soros Fellow and has given numerous lectures from the University of Chicago to UCLA. He has also appeared on media outlets including NPR, BBC, CNN, ABC, MSNBC and The New York Times.