Elliott H. Powell

Elliot Powell headshot
American Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished Teachers Morse-Alumni
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Elliott Powell is an award-winning scholar of race, sexuality, and popular music. His interdisciplinary approach to teaching seeks to illustrate how multiple and heterogenous lenses can produce new ways of grappling with the complexity of American culture and, as a result, help students better understand their everyday lives. His hope is that interdisciplinarity will help students reach the transformative intellectual breakthroughs that Black civil rights activist and educator Septima Clark famously called “wonderful thinking.”