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Pope “Mac” McCorkle has served as a consultant on economic development and other major issues to political candidates, state governments, and various organizations for the last two decades. From 1994-2008, as the principal of McCorkle Policy Consulting, Mac worked for state and federal candidates in North Carolina as well as 28 other states. Currently he is an adjunct professor of the practice in the Department of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill and a visiting lecturer at the Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Mac graduated from Princeton (1977) and Duke Law School (1984). He clerked on United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1984-85) and practiced law for a number of years in Raleigh with the firm founded by former North Carolina Governor and United States Senator Terry Sanford.

Mac has published a number of articles on politics and public policy in such scholarly periodicals as The Journal of Law and Politics, The American Journal of Legal History, Southern Cultures, and History News Network, such magazines as Columbia Journalism Review, Commonweal, and Society, and essay collections on political theorist Wilson Carey McWilliams and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr