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Mary A. Finn, PhD

Director and Professor

1989 PhD, State University of New York at Albany
1984 MA, State University of New York at Albany
1983 BA, Mercyhurst University


Mary A. Finn is Director and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  Her research addresses problems and issues directly related to justice policy and practice.  She has collaborated extensively with local justice agencies, advocacy organizations, and divisions of the state government in efforts to bridge the world of academia and the world of policy and practice.  Dr. Finn’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and Department of Corrections.  She is currently a co-principal investigator on a National Institute of Justice project assessing the influence of home visits and their temporal ordering on the supervision outcomes with high-risk parolees.  Her most recent publications appear in Criminology & Public Policy, Crime & Delinquency, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Finn served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Acting Director of Institutional Research at Georgia State University and participated in the Harvard University program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and the Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.


Understanding how the internet facilitates crime and deviance

Year: 2016 Authors: Stalans, L. J. & Finn, M. A. Journal: Violence & Victims

How targeted enforcement shapes marketing decisions of pimps: Evidence of displacement and innovation

Year: 2016 Authors: Finn, M. A. & Stalans, L. J. Journal: Violence & Victims.

Consulting legal experts in the real and virtual world: Pimps’ and johns’ cultural schemas about strategies to avoid arrest and conviction

Year: 2016 Authors: Stalans, L. J. & Finn, M. A. Journal: Deviant Behavior

Coercive control and physical violence in older adults: Analysis using data from the National Elder Mistreatment Study

Year: 2015 Authors: Policastro, C. & Finn, M. A. Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Exploring the overlap between victimization and offending among women in sex work

Year: 2015 Authors: Finn, M. A., Muftić, L., & Marsh, E. Journal: Victims & Offenders