M.A. in History, 2009, University of Texas at Tyler
J.D., 2007, University of Texas School of Law
B.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Powell taught middle and high school English, history, and philosophy in Houston for several years. He was a co-founder and administrator of a charter school in Houston. He also taught English in Oaxaca, Mexico at the college level, and taught U.S. History at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.
His academic interests are broad and include early American history, Mexican history, Texas history, and transatlantic legal and constitutional history.