John Wood is an associate professor of public administration in the MPA program at the University of Central Oklahoma. He teaches about leadership, policy, management, and sustainability on the local level, themes he explored in his dissertation “Unity Alongside Diversity: The Qualitative Assessment of the Movement of Movements’ Capacity to Unite.” He is the former vice mayor of Guthrie, Oklahoma and the former chair of Guthrie’s finance and street committees. In In addition to his teaching and service, Wood published the edited volume Taking Sides: Clashing Views in State & Local Government, as well as 13 peer-reviewed articles in areas of government ethics, public administration and environmental policy. He holds a PhD in Environmental Policy & Conflict Management from Oklahoma State University.
Contribution to GTI Roundtable The Problem of Action
Social movement organizations need to embrace a reflective and deliberative approach that emphasizes power-with rather than power-over.