Amar C. Bakshi is an artist whose work focuses on how to use technology to create new forms of digital-physical public spaces that challenge and subvert existing norms. As an artist, Amar treats the formation of institutions as, themselves, sites of creation. Through the Portals project run by his company, Shared_Studios, he works to connect members of diverse communities who would likely not otherwise meet in intimate environments to create their own meanings. Amar previously worked as a reporter at The Washington Post, an editor at CNN, and as Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Amar, a Soros Fellow and Truman Scholar, has an AB from Harvard University, a MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a JD from Yale Law School.