Amy C. Finnegan portrait

Amy C. Finnegan

Assistant Professor and JPST chair.
Office
OEC 470
Phone
(651) 962-5421
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5421
Mail
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue Mail # 4059
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Dr. Amy Finnegan is a sociologist whose teaching and research interests include social movements and social change, peace and conflict, global health, human rights, medical sociology, globalization and health policy, service learning, and African studies. She is also the co-director of SocMed, a non-profit organization that advocates for and implements global health education in the pursuit of justice and equity through immersion courses in northern Uganda and now, Haiti.

As a program officer, researcher, activist, and teacher, Finnegan has been involved in work related to Uganda for the past 13 years. She has previously taught at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, Tufts University, Boston College, and Gulu University in Gulu, Uganda. She completed her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2011, where her dissertation focused on insider and outsider activist efforts for peace in northern Uganda. She has an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis.

Finnegan succeeds Dr. Gerald W. Schlabach, Professor of Theology, who became Justice and Peace Studies program director in 2007. Schlabach led a process of strategic planning and curricular revision that transformed Justice and Peace Studies into a department in 2012. He will be on sabbatical in the coming academic year, working on a book on Catholic peace theology.

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
JPST 250 - PL1 Intro to Justice & Peace - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 305
CRN: 40983 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy C. Finnegan Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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SOCI 100 - L5 Intro to Sociology - HEALTH - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 309
CRN: 42528 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy C. Finnegan Introduction to the concepts, theories, methods and applications of the scientific study of society and social concerns. Enables students to understand the connections between the individual and larger social and cultural forces. Heightens awareness of the diversity of American and other societies. This course fulfills the Social Analysis and Human Diversity requirements in the core curriculum.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
JPST 298 - 01 Topics:Qualitative Methods - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 311
CRN: 22465 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy C. Finnegan, Michael C. Klein Qualitative Methods: Research for Social Change This course introduces students to qualitative research theories, methods, and techniques focused on representing voices of women, people of color, people in poverty and others that are marginalized or excluded from dominant culture. Specifically, students will gain familiarity with the qualitative social science methods of interviews, ethnography, documentary research, and focus groups. Throughout the course, students will be guided through the process of designing and conducting their own unique research projects meanwhile also engaging in ongoing participatory and community-engaged research with instructors and partner organizations. In addition to training in data collection techniques, analysis, and varied epistemologies, the course thoroughly explores the ethics of research with marginalized communities and the ways in which research can and does relate to social change. Together, participants in this course will co-create a teaching/learning community wherein we all critically analyze and respectfully value each person’s individual and particular contributions as well as our diverse understandings of social reality and how we position ourselves in the multiple worlds in which we live and work

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JPST 375 - D01 Conflict Analysis & Transform - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 309
CRN: 21070 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy C. Finnegan An introduction to issues surrounding conflict and the resolution of conflict in today's world focusing primarily on its contextual manifestation at the international, regional and intrastate levels. The course will explore important structural, social and psychological explanations of conflict. Attention will be given to ethnic and nationalist themes surrounding conflicts and their resolution at the intrastate and international levels. The course will examine how different types of intervention affect conflicts (the media, force, other types of third party intervention). Effective methods that foster an environment conducive to resolving or managing disputes will be studied. As part of the final task, the course will critically study how institutions such as power-sharing arrangements, federalism, and the rule of law figure into establishing a lasting basis for peaceful co-existence. For Justice and Peace Studies majors doing a concentration in Conflict Transformation, the course will complement JPST 370 Conflict Mediation, but there are no prerequisites and the course is open to students in other majors.

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