Becoming 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 have been a faculty member at Laurier since 2003.
I am also a spouse, a dad, an uncle and an avid - if not obsessed - runner.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research and teaching are based in the areas of visual communication, visual culture studies, and sport studies. I recently finished a book on the history of the photo-finish in sport and am developing a new research project on self-tracking and fitness.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of visual culture, visual communication, sport studies and surveillance studies.
Beyond the Finish Line: Images, Evidence, and the History of the Photo-Finish. McGill-Queen’s University Press. (2020)
“The Photo-Finish as Sports Media Content.” Sports Media History: Culture, Technology, Identity. Ed. John Carvalho. New York: Routledge. (2020).
“Identification Made Visible: Photographic Evidence and Russell Williams.” The Art of Identification: Forensics, Surveillance, Identity. Eds. Rex Ferguson, Melissa Littlefield, and James Purdon. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. (2020)
“Making the Criminal Visible: Photography and Criminality,” Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology Eds. Eamonn Carrabine and Michelle Brown. London: Routledge, 121-134. (2020)
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)
CS 100: Introduction to Media History
CS 205: Media and Sport
CS 251: Introduction to Visual Culture
CS 351: Visual Communication and Culture
CS 400: Senior Seminar (topics include: photography; sport and technology; visual evidence; and camera surveillance
CS 600: Graduate Seminar in Communication Studies
CS 650: Visual Communication and Culture in Theory and Practice