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John McDonald Hood

Adjunct Instructor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy


John Hood serves as president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker, and previously served as president and chairman of the John Locke Foundation, a public policy think tank. He is also a syndicated columnist for 50 North Carolina newspapers, a frequent TV and radio commentator, the author of nine books, and a contributor to such publications as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Review, The New Republic, The Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, and Military History.

Hood’s current research interests include state and local politics, the modern conservative movement in America, interdisciplinary approaches to public-policy analysis, and the future of public-service journalism. His nonfiction books explored issues of corporate social responsibility, the interaction of investment and political behavior, the practice and morality of advertising, economic-growth policy, family history, and the history of Republican politics in North Carolina. His latest books are two novels, Mountain Folk (2021) and Forest Folk (2022), in his Folklore Cycle series of historical-fantasy novels set in early America.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Instructor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2017 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Greensboro · 2018 M.A.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1988 A.B.