David Anderson Hooker

David Anderson Hooker

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Social Construction, University of Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • J.D., The Emory University School of Law
  • M.Div., The Candler School of Theology at Emory University
  • M.P.H., University of Massachusetts in Amherst
  • M.P.A., University of Massachusetts in Amherst
  • A.M., Washington University in St. Louis

For more than 30 years Hooker has utilized his training and expertise in Conflict Transformation by serving as mediator, community builder, scholar, and advocate. Hooker’s primary focus is in the transformation of multi-party disputes and post conflict community reconciliation, especially those conflicts where race, class, religion, and other socially constructed variables significantly impact the disputed context. He also has both practice and academic interests in the interruption of the multi-generational transmission of trauma. He has served as mediator for more than 700 court-connected mediations, several dozen public policy conflicts, environmental justice disputes, and congregational conflicts. 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, and Medical Assistance (Medicaid). He later had a private legal 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. He currently holds the posts of Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia and Associate Professor of Conflict Studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is on the Board of Directors for the National Peace Academy, JustPeace, the United Methodist Center for Conflict Transformation, Literacy Action, Inc. and the Atlanta Beltline. He is a graduate of Morehouse College (BS); Washington University in St. Louis (AM); University of Massachusetts in Amherst (MPH & MPA); The Emory University School of Law (JD); The Candler School of Theology at Emory University (M. Div); and is completing his Doctorate (Ph.D.) at the University of Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands. Hooker is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) currently serving as the Minister for Local and Global Mission at the Historic First Congregational Church (UCC) in Atlanta, Georgia.