Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Office: 310 Lehman Hall
Laura Finley, professor of sociology and criminology, earned a BA in Secondary Education (1994), an MA in Education and Professional Development (1999), and a Ph.D. in Sociology (2002), all from Western Michigan University. The courses she teaches include critical issues in criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, international perspectives on crime and criminal justice, sociology of violence, elite and organized crime, and perspective consciousness and social justice. Dr. Finley is the author or co-author of more than thirty books on various social justice topics as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. In addition, Dr. Finley is a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice. She regularly presents at professional conferences on issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice as well. Dr. Finley is also a community activist, serving on the Boards of several non-profits to provide services to victims of domestic violence and essential human rights.