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.

Kavanaugh Confirmed: Where Do We Go From Here?

“The dust has settled on Judge Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court and the strong, complex emotions associated with it. Despite being the least popular, most polarizing nominee in recent memory, his legacy is far from settled. It remains to be seen whether progressives’ worst fears or conservatives’ best hopes will come to fruition…”

Laura Finley and Matthew Johnson
Published in: Bainbridge Island Review
Date: October 19,2018
721 Words

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The Most Anti-Woman President Ever

“It’s hard to imagine a presidential administration that hates women more than the current one. Not only has the President himself faced numerous sexual assault allegations…”

Laura Finley and Matthew Johnson
Published in: Counterpunch, Sierra County Prospect, Columbia County Observer, Sentinel News, Bainbridge Island Review, The Times and Democrat, Pagosa Daily Post
Date: July 3,6,9,2018
989 Words

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NFL Anthem Protest Policy and Faux Patriotism

“Like many, we are fundamentally opposed to the NFL’s new policy requiring players who are on the field to stand for the national anthem or remain in the tunnel or locker room…”

Laura Finley and Matthew Johnson
Published in: The Boca Raton Tribune, Z Net, Sierra County Prospect, The Sunburg News, Counterpunch, The Clarion-Ledger, Sentinel News
Date: June 6,7,8,2018
989 Words

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Stop Blaming Women and Girls for Men’s Violence Against Them

“It is infuriating to write what feels like the same piece. Multiple times, in way too rapid succession. But here we go again…a shooting, a white male perpetrator, a rejection, and victim-blaming…”

Laura Finley
Published in: The Sunburg News, Press Reader, Superior Telegram, Counterpunch, The PeaceWorker, The Wilson Times, LA Progressive
Date: May 24,25,26,27,29,June 8,2018
674 Words

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