Ferrel Guillory

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Director UNC Program on Public Life


Ferrel Guillory teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also director of the Program on Public Life. He is a senior fellow at MDC, a nonprofit research firm in Chapel Hill, and was a principal co-author of MDC’s seven State of the South reports published since 1996.


Guillory earned a bachelor's degree from  Loyola University in 1969 and a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, in 1970.


Guillory works at the intersection of policy, politics and journalism.  His interests include Southern and North Carolina politics; he writes on social, economic and demographic trends and spent 20-plus years in journalism in New Orleans and Raleigh, writing for newspapers and magazines.


  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 15, 2014
    One hundred years ago, North Carolina had a population of about 2.5 million people, and more than nine out of 10 residents were native Tar Heels. Today, with a population of nearly 10 million, more than 4 million residents were born in another state or country. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 16, 2011
    Over the past four decades, North Carolina has grown from 5.08 million to 9.54 million people.  With that near-doubling in population has come a decisive shift in the state's societal landscape. Once a spread-out state of small farms, small factories and small cities and towns, North Carolina is increasingly driven by a metropolitan economy and culture. A robust “metropolitanization’’ increasingly shapes our state’s politics, too. But does that mean the state's metropolitan areas are gaining more political clout at the state level? An analysis from Ferrel Guillory of the Program on Public Life at UNC Chapel Hill looks at that and other questions.