David Anderson Hooker, is Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peace building at the University of Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, an integral unit of the Keough School of Global Affairs. Before joining the Kroc Institute, Hooker served as Senior Fellow for Community Engagement Strategies at the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership and Development at the University of Georgia and as Vice president of Community Building for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. Hooker is also former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia. Since 2001, his research and practice have focused on cultural trauma, multi-generational transmission of trauma and the role of narrative in identity construction in post conflict contexts. His practice includes experiences in Bosnia, Croatia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Myanmar, Bahamas, Jamaica and throughout the United States. Hooker is the author of The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (SkyHorse 2016), co-author (with Amy Potter-Czaijkowski) of Transforming Historical Harms (Eastern Mennonite University 2012) and several chapters and articles considering the mechanism and results of multi-generational trauma, identity narratives and restorative justice. A graduate of Morehouse College (BA – Biology and Psychology), Washington University in St. Louis (AM – Minority Mental Health); University of Massachusetts in Amherst (MPA – Public Finance and MPH – Administration); Emory University’s School of Law and the Candler School of Theology (JD and M. Div.); and Tilburg University in the Netherlands (PhD in Social Construction). Hooker has been certified as a mediator in several states. Hooker is also ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and a former member of the staff collective for Just Peace, the United Methodist Church’s Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. He believes that his best preparation for his varied practices of conflict transformation, peace building and narrative change come from his experiences as an understudy in community theater and from his practice of urban partner dances such as Chicago Stepping, Detroit Ballroom, and Cleveland hand dancing.

Take away the noise of your songs; I won’t listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5: 23 – 24

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