Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester in 2003. I completed an MA in Art History at York University in 1997 and a BA (summa cum laude) in Art History at McMaster University in 1995.
I am also an avid runner, spouse and dad and can sometimes be naively optimistic.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research and teaching are based in the areas of visual culture studies and visual communication. I am primarily interested in critical analyses of photography, specifically how the image is used as evidence across a wide range of social and institutional practices. My current work examines the use of the image as evidence in sport with particular emphasis on the photo finish.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of visual culture, visual communication, sport studies and surveillance studies.
Finn, Jonathan, Ed. Sport and Visual Culture. Special Issue: Amodern. (2014)
Finn, Jonathan. “Anatomy of a Dead-Heat: Visual Evidence at the 2012 US Olympic Trials.” International Journal of the History of Sport.” (2014)
Finn, Jonathan. “Seeing Surveillantly: Surveillance as Social Practice.” Eyes Everywhere: The Global Growth of Camera Surveillance. Eds. David Lyon, Randy Lippert, and Aaron Doyle. (2012)
Finn, Jonathan. “Surveillance Studies and Visual Art: An Examination of Jill Magid’s Evidence Locker.” Surveillance and Society. (2012)
Finn, Jonathan, Ed. Visual Communication and Culture: Images in Action. (2012)
Finn, Jonathan. “Powell’s Point: Denial and Deception at the U.N.” Visual Communication. (2010)
Finn, Jonathan. Capturing the Criminal Image: From Mug Shot to Surveillance Society. (2009)