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.