john a. powell
Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion
Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies
University of California at Berkeley
460 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
University of Minnesota, Post-Graduate Human Rights Fellow
University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Juris Doctor
Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Philosophy Minor
Director, Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley, January 2012- present
Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley, January 2012 - present
Professor of Law, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, January 2012 – present
Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University, 2003-2012
Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, The Ohio State University, 2003-2012
Professor of Law, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, 2003-2012
Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 1993-2003
Adjunct Professor of Law, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, 1993-2003
Earl R. Larson Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 2001-2003
Executive Director, Institute on Race & Poverty, University of Minnesota Law School, 1993-2003
Graduate Professor in American Studies, University of Minnesota, 2001-2003
Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy, University of Minnesota Law School, 1999–2000
Adjunct Professor, American University, 1999
Julius E. Davis Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, 1997-1998
Adjunct Professor of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 1997
Consultant, Ford Foundation Africa Program, Spring 1994
Consultant, International Organization of Consumers Union, 1993-1994
Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, Harvard University Law School, Spring 1993
Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, 1990-1993
National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union, 1987-1993
Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1984-1987
Mediation Trainer, Conciliation Forum of Oakland, 1985-1987
Director, The Leadership Project/NLADA, 1983-1985
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School, 1981-1983
Executive Director, Legal Services of Greater Miami, 1981-1983
Staff Attorney/Litigation Resource, Evergreen Legal Services, 1979-1981
Instructor, Southern India, 1978-1979
Consultant, Government of Mozambique, 1978
Fellow, International Human Rights Post-Graduate Fellowship Program, University of Minnesota Law School, 1977-1978
Mediator, Various community groups in the Seattle area, 1975-1977
Private practice, 1976-1977
Staff Attorney, Seattle Public Defender, 1973-1976
Law Clerk, DNA/Peoples (Legal Services), 1972s
Chair of the Board, Perception Institute
Advisory Board, African American Forum on Race & Regionalism
Chair, American Values Institute (http://americansforamericanvalues.org)
Board of Directors, Center for Social Inclusion (www.centerforsocialinclusion.org)
Board of Directors, Housing Preservation Project (www.hppinc.org)
Board of Directors, National Housing Law Project (www.nhlp.org)
Board of Directors, Opportunity Agenda, www.opportunityagenda.org)
Board of Directors, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity www.racialequity.org)
Board of Directors, Poverty & Race Research Action Council (www.prrac.org)
Board of Directors, the TIDES Network, www.tides.org)
Member, African American Leadership Academy (614-227-2700, www.uwcentralohio.org)
Member, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation www.cbcfinc.org)
Member, National Bar Association (202-842-3900, www.nationalbar.org)
Member, National Conference of Black Lawyers (866-266-5091, www.ncbl.org)
Member, National Economic Development and Law Center (510-251-2600 x 109, www.nedlc.org)
Member, National Urban League (212-558-5300, www.nul.org)
Member, Smart Growth America (202-207-3355, www.smartgrowthamerica.org)
Member, Washington State Bar Association (800-945-9722, www.wsba.org)
Selected to participate in the Distinguished Scholar in Residence Program, University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service, Center on Community Philanthropy, June 2011.
Loving Civil Rights Award for Civil and Human Rights, Fair Housing Center, May 2010.
Abraham Krasnoff Courage and Commitment Award from ERASE Racism, June 2008.
Selected as a national HistoryMaker by The HistoryMakers organization, Chicago, 2002.
Outstanding Community Service Award from the University of Minnesota, 2001.
Background: Grew up in Detroit, Michigan as the sixth of nine children, attended Southeastern high school in Detroit; played basketball and ran track in high school, and also ran track in college.
Travel: Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Central and Northern Europe, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico and other parts of Central America, Mozambique, New Zealand, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. Indiana University Press. 2012.
In Pursuit of a Dream Deferred: Linking Housing and Education Polices (with Gavin Kearney and Vina Kay). New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2001
The Rights of Racial Minorities: The Basic ACLU Guide to Racial Minority Rights -Young People’s Version (With L. McDonald). American Civil Liberties Union, 1998.
The Rights of Racial Minorities: The Basic ACLU Guide to Racial Minority Rights, 2nd ed. (with L. McDonald). The American Civil Liberties Union, 1993.
Photo by Rasheed Shabazz.