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John Finn

Honors Program - Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology


John Finn

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Luter Hall 151A
(757) 594-7939
john.finn@cnu.edu

Education

  • Ph D in Geography, Arizona State University
  • MA in Geography, University of Missouri
  • BA in International Studies, University of Missouri

Teaching

Human Geography; Urban Geography; Human-Environment Interaction; Field Research Methods, Latin American Studies

Research

Urban Geography; Social Geography; Race; Segregation; Environmental Justice; Hampton Roads, VA; Latin America; Cuba; Brazil

Biography

Dr. John C. Finn holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University and is an Associate Professor of Geography and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University. An urban social geographer, Finn’s research focuses on the geography of race and racism in the Americas. He has conducted extensive field research in Brazil, Cuba, and in Hampton Roads, VA, where his current project—“Living Together / Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century”—focuses on the ongoing human toll of persistent racial segregation. This project uses oral history, historical research and analysis, participant-directed photography, and spatial analysis to challenge the “naturalness” of segregated landscapes and explore alternative futures. Finn has published close to 40 articles, book chapters, reports, and op-eds, has attracted over $170,000 in research grant funding, and has given over 50 invited lectures across North America, Latin America, and Europe. In 2019 Finn became the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning peer-reviewed Journal of Latin American Geography. At Christopher Newport University, Finn teaches courses human geography, urban geography, human-environment interaction, field research methods, and Latin American studies, and he supervises a five-person undergraduate research team.

  • 2021 Alumni Society Award for Teaching and Mentoring, Christopher Newport University. (2021)
  • 2020 Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship, Christopher Newport University. (2020)
  • Class of 2013 Faculty Develoment Award, CNU. (2019)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). Institutional Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Geographers in/of Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 20. Issue, 2. Pages, 6-8.
  • Other
    (2021). Journal of Latin American Geography, Volume 20, Number 2. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 20. Issue, 2. Pages, 198.
  • Newspaper
    (2021). St. Paul’s redevelopment plan offers one false choice after another. The Virginian-Pilot.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). New Distances and Proximities in Teaching Geography of and in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 20. Issue, 1. Pages, 7-10.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). Mobility, Connectivity, and the Implications of Covid-19 for Latin American Geography. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 19. Issue, 4. Pages, 6-8.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). Covid-19 in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 19. Issue, 3. Pages, 167-176.
  • Other
    (2020). Editorial: JLAG's Expanded Editorial Team. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 19. Issue, 3. Pages, 8-9.
  • Other
    (2020). Editorial: JLAG's Publishing Model. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 19. Issue, 2. Pages, 6-7.
  • Book, Chapter in Textbook-New
    (2020). Cities of Middle America and the Caribbean. Rowman and Littlefield. Issue, 7th. Pages, 97-138.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). 50 Years of Latin American(ist) Geography. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 19. Issue, 1. Pages, 9-13.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). Introducing JLAG en Tradução / JLAG en Traducción. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 19. Issue, 1. Pages, 246-258.
  • Newspaper
    (2018). Promise of Fair Housing still unfulfilled 50 years later. Virginian-Pilot.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Food Diaries to Measure Food Access: A Case Study from Rural Cuba. The Professional Geographer. Volume, 69. Issue, 1. Pages, 59-69.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Geographies of Contemporary Cuba. Human Geography. Volume, 10. Issue, 3. Pages, 1-6.
  • Newspaper
    (2017). Better relations between U.S., Cuba helps both countries. Virginian-Pilot.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Cuban Kitchens: Spaces of Food and Life in Cuba. GeoHumanities. Volume, 3. Issue, 1. Pages, 221-232.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Critical Geographies in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume, 16. Issue, 1. Pages, 1-15.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Food Diaries to Measure Food Access: A Case Study from Rural Cuba. The Professional Geographer. Volume, 69. Issue, 1. Pages, 59-69.
  • John Finn, Hampton Faith-Walk Juneteenth March and Celebration, "Past to Present, Present to Future Toward a More Racially and Socially Just Future in Hampton Roads, VA," Hampton, VA. (2021)
  • Jeff South, Ryan Murphy, John Finn, American Community Survey User Conference, "How Journalists Mine the ACS to Tell Data-Driven Stories," Washington DC. (2021)
  • John Finn, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, "Understanding the Impacts of Racial Segregation in Your Community: How We Got Here, What We Can Do," Hampton Roads, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, CIVIC Leadership Institute, "Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," (2021)
  • John Finn, Faith-Walk Hampton Presents: Historical Perspectives on Economic Disparities, "Panel discussion on the economic impacts of discriminatory housing policies," Hampton, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, Cisco Meraki, "Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," San Francisco, CA. (2021)
  • John Finn, Jakira Silas, Dominique Ardis, Office of Civil Rights, Virginia Office of the Attorney General, "The Past Is Never Dead: Compounding Socio-Environmental Impacts of Segregationist Housing Policies Across Virginia," Richmond, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, Charlottesville Public Schools, "Geography of Racial Justice: Understanding the Impacts of Racial Segregation Using Geographical Thinking and GIS Analysis," Charlottesville, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, Democratic Socialists of America, "Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," Richmond, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, LiveCLAG, "Decolonizing Knowledge Production and Dissemination in Latin American Geography," International. (2021)
  • John Finn, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, "Racial Segregation and Housing Access," Hampton Roads, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas' 21-Day Equity Challenge, "Living Apart: Segregation in the 21st Century," Hampton Roads, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, An Evening with Richard Rothstein, "Panel discussion on Redlining and Segregation," Norfolk, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, Stand Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Hampton Roads, "Living Apart: 21st Century Segregation in Hampton Roads, VA," Hampton Roads, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, Pastor's Dialogue on Racism, Poverty, and Violence, "Living Apart: 21st Century Segregation in Hampton Roads, VA," Hampton Roads, VA. (2021)
  • John Finn, Table Talk 757, "Living Apart: 21st Century Segregation in Hampton Roads, VA," Hampton Roads, VA. (2020)
  • John Finn, Legacy of Redlining Speaker Series, "Geography of Racial Justice: Understanding Racial Segregation Using Geographical Thinking and GIS Analysis," Richmond, VA. (2020)
  • John Finn, Union of Concerned Scientists, "Environmental Justice Is Racial Justice: Socio-Environmental Impacts of Racist Housing Policies in Hampton Roads, VA," Washington, DC. (2020)
  • John Finn, York River Sierra Club, "Environmental Justice Is Racial Justice: The Socio-Environmental Impacts of Racist Housing Policies in Hampton Roads, VA," Yorktown, VA. (2020)
  • John Finn, Charlottesville Public Schools, "Geography of Racial Justice: Understanding the Impacts of Racial Segregation Using Geographical Thinking and GIS Analysis," Charlottesville, VA. (2020)
  • John Finn, William and Mary Center for Geospatial Analysis, "Segregation Forever: Socio-Environmental Impacts of Racist Housing Policies in Hampton Roads, VA," Williamsburg, VA. (2020)
  • John Finn, Jakira Silas, Black History Month Celebration, "Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," Redlands, CA. (2020)
  • John Finn, Jakira Silas, Dominique Ardis, Asia Farmer, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, "Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. (2020)
  • John Finn, Hampton History Museum Lecture Series, "Living Apart: 21st Century Segregation in Hampton Roads, VA," Hampton, VA. (2020)
  • John Finn, Conference of Latin American Geography, "Publishing in the Journal of Latin American Geography," Antigua, Guatemala. (2020)
  • John Finn, Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Grant Award Ceremony, "Keynote Address," Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA. (2019)
  • John Finn, "Living Apart: 21st Century Segregation in Hampton Roads, VA," Norfolk, VA. (2019)
  • John Finn, Talks on Tap, "Living Together / Living Apart," Suffolk, VA. (2019)
  • Andria Timmer, Christopher Loy, John Finn, Talks on Tap, "The Battle of Antietam: Then and Now," Suffolk, VA. (2019)
  • John Finn, "Living Together / Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," Sponsored by Faculty Ferguson Fellowship
  • John Finn, "Living Together / Living Apart," Sponsored by The Institute for Human Geography
  • John Finn, "Living Together / Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," Sponsored by Faculty Ferguson Fellowship
  • John Finn, "Living Together / Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century," Sponsored by Virginia Geographic Alliance
  • John Finn, "Field Study to Cuba," Sponsored by Virginia Geographic Alliance
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