Laura Finley

Founding Mother and Director, Center for Living and Teaching Peace, January 2008-present.
Work includes: providing training, consultation, and professional presentations on an array of topics relevant to social justice, including but not limited to: bullying prevention; peace education; environmental justice; Restorative justice; teens and technology; cultural diversity; teaching tolerance; trends in youth substance abuse; understanding and debunking rape myths. Also involved in organizing events for professionals and practitioners to exchange knowledge on living and teaching peace.


Areas of Expertise
Peace education: University’s inclusion of peace concepts in teacher preparatory curriculum; comparison of peace education training in the U.S. and other countries; Teachers support for peace education training.

Human Rights: U.S. use of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

School privacy rights: Student, teacher and administrator perceptions of drug testing and other searches in schools; impact; disparity in application of; legal issues; media coverage; cross-cultural comparisons.

Public privacy rights: Public and police understanding of search and seizure; impact of USA Patriot Act.

Domestic Violence: Public knowledge of; understanding of rape myths; interventions with athletes.

School-violence policies: Perceptions of need; perceptions of policy impact by teachers, administrators
and students; comparison by size and location of school; comparison with U.K; role of school climate in perceptions of and actual safety.

Sport deviance: Perceptions of what constitutes hazing by gender and sport type; support for illegal drug use among semi-elite athletes.

Finley, L.L, & Esposito, L.E. (2012–forthcoming). Making the grade: Rating the 44th president. ABC-CLIO.

Finley, L.L. (Ed.). (2011–forthcoming). Encyclopedia of school crime and violence. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Finley, L.L. (2011). Building a Better World: Creative Peace Education for the 21st Century. Information Age.

Finley, L..L., & Stringer, E.G. (Eds.). (2010). “Beyond burning bras”: Feminist activism for everyone. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Finley, L.L. (2008). Hawking hits on the information highway: The challenge of Internet drug and paraphernalia sales for law enforcement. New York: Peter Lang.

Finley, L.L. (2008). Prisoner abuse and torture. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Fountain, J.F., Finley P.S., & Finley, L.L. (2008). Scandals in American sport. Westport,
CT: Praeger.

Finley, L.L. (2007). Juvenile justice. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Finley, L.L. (Ed.). (2006). Encyclopedia of juvenile violence. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Finley, L.L., & Finley, P.S. (2006). The sport industry’s war on athletes. Westport,
CT: Preager.

Finley, L.L., & Finley, P.S. (2004). Piss Off! How drug testing and other privacy
violations are alienating America’s youth. Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press.

Difficult discussions, not-so-difficult answers

“There are some things we should not have to discuss with our kids. Ever…”

Author: Laura Finley
Published in: Bainbridge Island Review, Los Angeles City Watch, Sidney Ohio Daily News, Blooomfield Iowa Democrat, Wahpeton North Dakota Daily News, LA Progressive, North Ogden Utah Sentinel News, Concord North Carolina Independent Tribune, The Sierra County Prospect
Date: 2019, August 5. 6
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VAWA and the NRA

“That Congress has not already reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is abhorrent. VAWA, which was initially signed into law by President Bill Clinton…”

Laura Finley
Published in: Post Independent, Counterpunch, LA Progressive, Bainbridge Island Review, The Sampson Independent, South Coast Today, DeSoto Times-Tribune, The Sierra County Prospect, Gilmer Free Press
Date: 2019, April 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10
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2019: The Year to Examine Toxic Masculinity

“Toxic masculinity strikes again, this time in Provo, Utah on the day of the 2019 Women’s March. Police were alerted to the problem when Christopher Cleary posted on his Facebook page that All I wanted was a girlfriend…”

Laura Finley
Published in: Counterpunch, Z Net, Sierra County Prospect, LA Progressive, The Good Men Project, The Times and Democrat, Sentinel News, The Journal Tribune, The Good Men Project, The Sunburg News, West Side Gazette, Gilmer Free Press
Date: January 23,24,25,27,31,February 1,2019
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Congress Must Reauthorize VAWA

“That the U.S. is divided on political issues is old news. Both the Left and the Right are deeply entrenched, resulting in distrust, animosity, and political gridlock…”

Laura Finley
Published in: LA Progressive, Art Voice, Superior Telegram, Z Net, Counterpunch, Bainbridge Island Review, The Sentinel Echo, Sierra County Prospect, The Sunburg News, West Side Gazette, Gilmer Free Press, DeSoto Times-Tribune
Date: December 10,11,12,13,15,18,2018
711 Words

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