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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 doing research on how community contexts influence implicit bias in prosecutorial decisions. Her most recent publications appear in Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Victims and Offenders.

Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Finn served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness 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


Home visits in community supervision: A qualitative analysis of theme and tone.

Year: 2017 Authors: Finn, M. A., Prevost, J.*, Braucht, G.S., Hawk, S., Meredith, T., & Johnson, S. Journal: Criminal Justice & Behavior

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

Year: 2017 Authors: Policastro, C. & Finn, M. A. Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Defining and predicting pimps’ coerciveness towards sex workers: Socialization processes.

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

Understanding how the internet facilitates crime and deviance

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

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

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