Adam Clayton Powell III

Senior Fellow


Adam Clayton Powell III leads CCLP's new initiative on mobile phones as a platform for public service. He also coordinates CCLP's Washington DC programming, which includes public forums on subjects ranging from public service and online media to the future of journalism.

Before his move to Washington in 2010, he served as USC's Vice Provost for Globalization, working closely with faculty and deans to advance the university's globalization initiative, expanding USC's international presence and promoting the university throughout the world. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, both of which are housed in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Powell previously served as director of the USC Integrated Media Systems Center, the National Science Foundation's Research Center for multimedia research. Powell has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. on training programs in digital media for journalists, educators and policymakers. Previous roles include vice president of the Freedom Forum; general manager of WHUT-TV, the nation's first African-American-owned public television station; executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; and vice president for news and information programming at National Public Radio.

As a Senior Fellow at the CCLP, Powell focuses on trends and innovation in print, broadcast and new media, and mobile telephones as platforms for public service, including education, health care and public safety.

Contact Powell at or (760) 702-0283

Blog Posts by Adam Clayton Powell III

Country music explored as a tool of U.S. diplomacy

By Adam Powell | July 7, 2015 0
WASHINGTON - It is well known that Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck toured the world as American Jazz Ambassadors, and American symphony orchestras have played throughout the world. Less well known is the role country music has played and is playing in U.S. public diplomacy. That was the focus of...

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How phone companies redline cell phone customers into digital ghettos

By Adam Powell | June 10, 2015 0
This op-ed was originally published in The Hill Why can't most inexpensive cell phones receive life-saving emergency weather alerts? Why, unlike people in the rest of the world, can't Americans listen to emergency information broadcasts on their cell phones? These are not accidents or unanticipated consequences. These are the results...

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'The Little Red Dot' turns 50: Singapore's five decades of soft power

By Adam Powell | June 2, 2015 0
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Singapore's emergence from a tiny third world island nation to a first world power - with no natural resources and a population smaller than some U.S. cities - was the topic of discussion at a CCLP forum here on Monday. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore's Ambassador to the...

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Adam Clayton Powell III In the News

The Washington Post noted that Senior Fellow Adam Clayton Powell III was a guest on PBS News' "White House Chronicle." Click here to view the video of Powell's appearance.

Daily Breeze quoted Adam Clayton Powell III, Senior Fellow and USC Vice Provost for Globalization, on USC's partnership with Songdo Global University Campus in South Korea.

The New York Times, in a story remembering Adam Clayton Powell Jr., noted that one of his sons is Senior Fellow Adam Clayton Powell III, USC's vice provost for globalization. Powell Jr., who was a legendary Harlem congressman, would have turned 100 years old on Saturday, the story noted.

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