Daniel K. Finn

Professor of Theology

B.A., Saint John Fisher College, 1968
M.A., University of Chicago, 1975
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1977

Office: Simmons 248
Phone Number: 320-363-3048
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • The relation of Christian ethics and economic life.
  • Courses focus on the history of Christian views of economic life, competing views of justice in the 21 st century, and the relation of economics and philosophy.
  • Current research in process: an edited volume on the contributions of the social sciences to the Catholic notion of the common good, a primer on critical realism for Christian ethics, and a book on economic complicity in a global economy

  • Daniel K. Finn is Professor of Theology and Clemens Professor of Economics at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Association for Social Economics. He led a successful affordable housing campaign among five cities in central Minnesota and has lectured widely in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.


Full List of Publications Here

  • 2016: “What Is a Sinful Social Structure?”  Theological Studies, vol 77, no. 1, March.
  • 2015: “Catholicism and Modernity: What Economic Doctrines Can Teach Us,”  Integritas, vol. 6, no. 2.
  • 2015: “Can an Organization Have a Conscience?” in David E. DeCosse and Kristen E. Heyer, eds.,  Conscience & Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities, Institutional Responses, Maryknoll, New York.
  • 2014: Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Market Complicity and Christian Ethics, Editor, Oxford University Press.
  • 2013: Christian Economic Ethics: History and Implications, Fortress Press.
  • 2012: The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate, Editor, Oxford University Press.
  • 2012: Review of Edward J. O’Boyle, ed., Looking Beyond the Individualism and Homo Economicus of Neoclassical Economics: a Collection of Original Essays Dedicated to the Memory of Peter L. Danner, Our Friend and Colleague, in Faith and Economics, no. 59, spring.
  • 2011: Review of Christian Theology and Market Economics, Ian R. Harper and Samuel Gregg (eds.), History of Economic Ideas, 2011, vol. 19, #1.
  • 2006: Review of Albino Barrera, Economic Compulsion and Christian Ethics, Cambridge University Press, in Journal of Markets and Morality, vol. 9, no. 2, Fall.
Other Publications
  • 2014: “Understanding Scarcity: How Being Poor is Like Being Too Busy,” in  Commonweal, vol. 141, no. 19, December 5.
  • 2014: “Smart Money: The Economic Case for Funding Pre-K,”  Commonweal, vol. 139, no. 15, November.
  • 2013: “Gamed: What Wall Street has in Common with the Olympics,”  Commonweal, vol. 140, no. 6, March 22.

Special Committees/Organizations
  • Director of the True Wealth of Nations research project at the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, located at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles American Economic Association
  • Association for Evolutionary Economics
  • Association for Social Economics
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • Society of Christian Ethics