The Hertog Foundation Announces Summer 2022 Fellows to Study The Words That Made Us with Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar

April 26, 2022 –The Hertog Foundation announced 18 fellows to participate in a weeklong summer fellowship to study, alongside Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, his critically acclaimed new constitutional history, The Words That Made Us.

In this unique seminar, co-taught by Professor Amar and AEI Senior fellow Adam J. White, fellows will revisit some of the biggest constitutional questions early Americans confronted and evaluate the statesmen—Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison, among others—who framed our constitutional conversation.

The fellows, chosen from a competitive field, represent 14 different colleges and universities, and include incoming 1Ls to top law schools: Yale, Harvard, and University of Chicago. Each fellow receives residential accommodations in Washington, DC, course materials, and a stipend to support their study.

The Hertog Foundation sponsors selective educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United States. Our Summer 2022 Fellowships offer residential and online seminars in three main areas: Political Thought & Philosophy; War & Foreign Affairs; and Economics & Domestic Policy. Learn more about the Foundation’s offerings at

“The Words That Made Us” Fellows

  • Tyler Ashman, Princeton University, 2021
  • Mathis Bitton, Yale University, 2023
  • Rachel Bitutsky, Yale University, 2023
  • Emma Blair, Grand Canyon University, 2021
  • Daniel Brickhill, Harvard University, 2022
  • Michael Caplan, University of California – Santa Barbara, 2021
  • Isabel Condon, Seton Hall University, 2023
  • Danielle Efrat, University of California – Los Angeles, 2022
  • Elizabeth Lily Hurt, University of Virginia, 2023
  • Mendel Jacobson, Central Chabad Yeshiva, 2020
  • Anastasia Kaliabakos, College of the Holy Cross, 2023
  • Aldo Medina, Harvard University, 2024
  • Joseph Nail, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2018
  • Teresa Schuster, Florida International University, 2022
  • Madison Shupe, University of California – Los Angeles, 2022
  • Luke Spitzley, Michigan State University, 2022
  • William Wade, Princeton University, 2023
  • Edward Zelikman, University of Connecticut, 2024