Wesleyan University

Department of Government


John E. Finn

 John E. Finn is Professor in the Department of Government at Wesleyan

University, where he teaches courses in constitutional theory and public

law, as well as in cuisine and popular culture. His most recent book,

Peopling the Constitution, will be published by the University Press

of Kansas in 2014. He is also a co-author (with Donald P. Kommers and

Gary J. Jacobsohn) of American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and

Comparative Materials (Rowman, 3rd ed., 2009) and the highly regarded

Constitutions in Crisis: Political Violence and the Rule of Law

(Oxford, 1991). His articles have appeared in several law reviews and

academic journals, including Food, Culture, & Society and


 Professor Finn earned his B.A. in Political Science from Nasson College,

A J.D. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science

from Princeton University. He also has a degree from the French Culinary


 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.

 Finn is the recipient of four distinguished teaching awards at Wesleyan


 He also developed two courses for The Great Courses:

 Civil Liberties and the Bill of


 The First Amendment: What Every One Should Know.



Government Department

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT 06459