john a. powell

director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Professor of Law john a. powell is director, at UC Berkeley, of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion. powell is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and the intersection of race with a wide range of issues including housing, education, poverty, democracy and identity. Previously, he founded and directed the Institute on Race and Poverty at the U of Minnesota, directed Legal Services of Greater Miami, and was national legal director of the ACLU, where he was instrumental in developing educational adequacy theory. Professor powell has worked and lived in Africa, South America and Europe. He is the author of Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society (Indiana University Press, 2012) and coauthor of In Pursuit of a Dream Deferred and The Rights of Racial Minorities: The Basic ACLU Guide to Racial Minority Rights.