Powell's research focuses on constitutional law, rooted in Critical Race Theory. Overarching themes in Powell's writings include the ways in which neutrality reinforces oppression and subjugation in various areas of society. He is writing a book entitled, Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court (Cambridge University Press).
Quotes: "In California v. Texas, the Court, in a 7-2 ruling, held that plaintiffs lacked standing to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's minimum essential coverage provision. Since there is no longer a tax penalty for non-compliance for failure to enroll in a healthcare plan, there is no means of enforcement. "With the penalty zeroed out, the IRS can no longer seek a penalty from those who fail to comply." Thus, there is no injury that can be remedied--there is no standing. This jurisdictional ruling is not on the merits, so it may portend future challenges for Obamacare. This is the third time that the Court has upheld Obamacare against a constitutional challenge."
"In Fulton v. Philadelphia, the Court, in an unanimous ruling, held that the City of Philadelphia's refusal to contract with Catholic Social Services ("CSS") unless CSS agreed to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. This decision will be one among many that will seek to reconcile religious freedom and substantive constitutional rights of the LGBTQ+ community. These political-cultural debates will be all the more intense with a 6-3 Conservative majority (and now that Justice Kennedy has retired from the Court, there is no conservative who is empathetic to these issues). Religious freedom will be the touchstone of these decisions."