Daniel K. Finn
Professor of Theology
B.A., Saint John Fisher College, 1968
Office: Simmons 248
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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