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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 

EDUCATION

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

SELECTED EMPLOYMENT

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

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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 AWARDS

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.

PERSONAL

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

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.

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Photo by Rasheed Shabazz.

 
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