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Janet L. Finn

PhD Student. Social Work/Anthropology Graduate - 1995

Janet Finn is Assistant Professor of Social Work and Anthropology and a faculty affiliate with the International Institute. One area of current research focuses on cultural constructions of adolescence, pathology, and social work intervention. The project addresses representations of race, gender, and class in the labeling and treatment of "troubled youth." She is currently working with Professor Barry Checkoway on "Young People as Competent Community Builders," which involves documentation of innovative community-based youth initiatives in the Americas. Finn is principal investigator on a Silberman Fund project titled "Women Building Community: Lessons from the Andes to the Rockies", a cross-national comparative study of women's grass roots community work in Western Montana and Santiago de Chile. This participatory, community-based project has brought student researchers and community activists together as research partners to document the histories of six community organizations, their founders, and current participants. Other areas of research/scholarly interest: Social Work Practice; Gender and Community; Women's Community Practice; Cultural Perspectives on Adolescence; and Youth Participation.

Dissertation Title

Mining community: The cultural politics of copper, class, and gender in Butte, MT, USA and Chuquicamata, Chile.


Year Degree   School
1995 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1992 MA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
No courses found for Janet L. Finn in the Winter 2023 term.

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