Department of History
Office: Atrium 205
Phone: (973) 720-3046
Position: Full Professor
Area Specialization: US History
Terry Finnegan received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Illinois and he studies social history and race relations in the United States since the Civil War. Finnegan is particularly interested in the dynamics of violence and terrorism in the U.S. His forthcoming study of lynching is entitled Controlling "Undisciplined Freedom": Lynching in Mississippi and South Carolina, 1881-1940. Finnegan's current research focuses on the response of the federal government to domestic terror incidents during the World War I era. Finnegan frequently teaches the historical methods course, the American history survey, and various elective courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Finnegan resides in beautiful western New Jersey with his wife Lori, and their ten children.