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For over 30 years, Dr. David Anderson Hooker (Ph.D., J.D., M.Div., M.P.H., M.P.A., A.M) has utilized his training and expertise in conflict transformation by serving as mediator, community builder, scholar, and advocate. Hooker’s area of primary focus is the transformation of multi-party and public policy conflicts, community building, and reconciliation; especially those conflicts where race, class and other socially constructed variables impact the dispute. He has both practice and academic interests in the interruption of the multi-generational transmission of trauma.
Dr. Hooker is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. As a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, his work is an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
In the past, Dr. Hooker has been a Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia; an Adjunct Professor of Conflict Transformation at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University; Community Building Advisor for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi in Oxford; Director of Research and Training for Healing Historical Harms; and Vice- President of Community Building for The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site.
In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Hooker is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia where he represented the Departments of Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, and the Division of Public Health. He later had a private practice focusing on Civil Rights (including prisoner rights and special education). He has worked in Bosnia, Croatia, Cuba, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Southern Sudan and Somaliland.
Dr. Hooker is a graduate of Morehouse College (BS), The Emory University School of Law (JD), the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M Div.), the graduate programs in public health and public administration at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (MPH & MPA) and a cum laude graduate of Tilburg University (Ph.D.).