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Professor John E. Finn, Ph.D.

Professor John E. Finn
  • Wesleyan University
  • Princeton University
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I like to teach courses about the Constitution because [it] requires citizens who are up to the task of making the Blessings of Liberty a reality. Constitutional literacy is not about inculcating reverence for the Constitution, but rather preparing us to participate in the civic life of the community.
Dr. John E. Finn is Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Nasson College, his J.D. from Georgetown University, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University. Professor Finn is an internationally recognized expert on constitutional law and political violence. His public lectures include testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, as well as lectures in Bolivia, Canada, Chile, England, France, Italy, and Spain. Professor Finn is the recipient of four distinguished teaching awards at Wesleyan University, as well as an award for distinguished teaching by a graduate student at Princeton University. He is published widely in the fields of constitutional theory and interpretation. He is the author of the highly regarded Constitutions in Crisis: Political Violence and the Rule of Law and coauthor of American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes, described as ìthe Cadillac of constitutional law casebooks.î

"Professor Finn is an articulate, highly-intelligent and superb teacher.  His course presents challenging and controversial topics with clarity, balance, and thoroughness.  Very highly recommended!!!"

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3 Courses

  1. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    John E. Finn, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  2. The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know Sale

    The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know

    John E. Finn, Ph.D.
    Save up to $110.00 Starting at $24.95 $39.95 $24.95$39.95
    A mere 45 words, the First Amendment to the Constitution stands as a pillar of our democracy and has had an incalculable influence on the development of human freedom in the United States and the Western world. By defining the relationship between the people and the state and placing checks on governmental power to silence its populace, its protections have important ramifications for every American. The First...
  3. Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights Sale

    Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

    John E. Finn, Ph.D.
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $39.95 $69.95 $39.95$69.95
    This course introduces students to a uniquely American invention: the written specification of individual liberties and rights that citizens possess, and has as its subject the relationship of law to the most fundamental questions about politics, morality, and human nature.