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.

Police Accountability and Qualified Immunity

“The family of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was shot by Sacramento police, has filed a lawsuit in federal court, denouncing his death as yet one more police-perpetrated murder…”

Laura Finley
Published in: Counterpunch, Shakopee Valley News, LA Progressive, Asbury Park Press, The Louisiana Weekly, Z Net, SW News Media, Baltimore Times, Madison Press, Bainbridge Island Review, The Portland Observer, West Side Gazette, The PeaceWorker, Asbury Park Press, Sierra County Prospect
Date: April 5,6,9,19,2018
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After the Parkland Shooting….Teach Youth About Dating Violence

“I never thought this would be my life’s work. But writing and speaking about the connections between domestic and dating violence and mass shootings has become an absurd and sickeningly frequent…”

Laura Finley
Published in: Sierra County Prospect, LA Progressive, Z Net, Counterpunch, Tacoma Weekly, Gilmer Free Press
Date: February 20,21,23,March 6,2018
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