How we do race will be consequential to the kind of society we have in the future. Our racing will be impacted by our history, our experience, as well as our imagined future. Our future will be impacted by the way the conscious and unconscious make meaning of our new social constructions. We must intertwine race with the other urgent issues we must confront including extreme inequality, mass incarceration, full participation in our political and cultural structures, and—perhaps most critically—with our most fundamental questions about who we are.
-JOHN A. POWELL
Areas of Expertise
- Affirmative Action in the U.S.
- Civil Liberties
- Civil Rights
- Concentrated Poverty & Urban Sprawl
- Opportunity & Housing
- Race & Education
- Racial Formation
- Racial Inequality
- Racial Justice & Regionalism
- Racial Stratification
- Racial/Ethnic Politics
- Racist & Anti-Racist Social Movements
- South Africa & Brazil
- Spirituality & Social Justice
- Structural Racialization
- Voting Rights
john a. powell is the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which brings together researchers and scholars, community partners, strategic communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world. john is a Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion.
john is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racialization, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. john writes and speaks extensively on a number of issues related to racial justice, poverty, opportunity-based housing, voting rights, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society.
john was formerly the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University where he held the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. Prior to that, he founded and directed the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He was formerly the Director of Legal Services in Miami, Florida and was National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union where he was instrumental in developing educational adequacy theory.
john has lived and worked in Africa as a consultant to the governments of Mozambique and South Africa. He has also lived and worked in India and has done work in South America and Europe. john has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. He is one of the co-founders of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the board of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), the Tides Foundation, and several other national organizations. john is the author of several books, including his most recent work, Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.