Dr Peter Finn

About

I am a multi-award-winning Lecturer in the Department of Criminology, Politics and Sociology. I am interested in the intersection between national security and human rights, as well as the logic(s) that underpin policies at this intersection. I am currently editing a volume focused on the official record, oversight, national security and democracy. I am also interested in the US electoral system, and am Project Lead on 'The Covid-19 and Democracy Project' and '50 States or Bust!'

Among other publications, my work has been featured in The Independent, The Conversation, The Daily Express, Open Democracy and The Guardian.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer, and Events Officer for department

Qualifications

  • PhD, Kingston University
  • MSc, Kingston University
  • BA, Liverpool University

Teaching and learning

Over a decade of experience at Kingston University and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

My research is broadly shaped by an interest in democracy.

My interests include:

  • The relationship between national security, the official record and the rule of law
  • US elections
  • Executive power (particularly the US presidency)

I am currently co-editing a book on national security, the official record and the rule of law in a democratic context and am Project Lead on the Covid-19 and Democracy Project.

I am interested in supervising research in the above areas.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision

Publications

Number of items: 44.

Article

Finn, Peter (2024) The 2024 elections : Donald Trump's guilty verdict is an historic event. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2024) The 2024 elections : five takeaways from the special counsel’s report on Biden, and what it might mean for the election. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2024) The 2024 elections : the road to Inauguration Day 2025. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2024) As a classic 'wicked problem', education funding presents awkward choices across the political spectrum ahead of the general election. Public Sector Focus(50), pp. 54-55.

Finn, Peter (2024) Education funding presents tough choices for school leaders and awkward ones for politicians. LSE Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2024) The 2024 elections : six ways to think about the 2024 US primary season. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2024) The 2024 elections : the Democratic primary calendar is a mix of compromise and political reality, setting up the party for a real contest in 2028. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2023) The 2024 elections : the Republican road to the 2024 presidential election. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2023) The 2024 elections : five steps to the 2024 primaries. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2023) The 2024 elections : a new series on the contests for Congress and the White House. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,,

Finn, Peter (2023) The 2024 Democratic Primary Calendar is not settled yet. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2023) How the 2022 midterms have set the stage for 2024 presidential election. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert (2022) The 2022 Midterms : Trump aside, the midterms had something for everyone. LSE USAPP United States Politics and Policy Blog,

Finn, Peter (2021) Freedom of Information legislation and the democratic oversight narrative. Critical Military Studies, 7(3), pp. 335-354. ISSN (print) 2333-7486

Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert (2018) Transatlantic twilight? The impact of the Mueller Investigation on US-Europe relations. Ante Portas – Security Studies, 1(10), pp. 11-27. ISSN (online) 2353-6306

Finn, Peter (2014) Book Review of 'Civilian warrior : the inside story of Blackwater and the unsung heroes of the war on terror' by David Cobourn and Erik Prince. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 7(3), pp. 409-501. ISSN (print) 1753-9153

Book

Finn, Peter [Editor] and Ledger, Robert [Editor] (2024) The official record : oversight, national security and democracy. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. 176p. ISBN 9781526174321

Book Section

Finn, Peter (2024) ‘Caveats were down’ : the Canadian official record and the treatment of Maher Arar. In: Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert, (eds.) The official record : oversight, national security and democracy. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526174321

Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert (2024) Introduction : the official record, oversight, national security and democracy. In: Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert, (eds.) The official record : oversight, national security and democracy. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526174321

Finn, Peter (2024) ‘It’s Mueller time’ : the Mueller investigation, the official record and the rule of law. In: Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert, (eds.) The official record : oversight, national security and democracy. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526174321

Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert (2024) Preface : defining and 'reading' the official record. In: Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert, (eds.) The official record : oversight, national security and democracy. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526174321

Finn, Peter and Ledger, Robert (2023) Towards 24 : shifts in the US election system. In: Finn, Peter and Furse, Tom, (eds.) Exploring the 2023 Midterms. Political Studies Association. pp. 46-51.

Finn, Peter (2022) Democratising teaching : student votes and module case studies. In: Oprandi, Paolo and Betts, Tab, (eds.) 100 Ideas for Active Learning. Falmer, UK : University of Sussex Library. ISBN 9780995786271

Finn, Peter (2016) Grey areas and self-licking lollipops : Iraq War detention operations, impunity and complicity. In: Afxentiou, Afxentis , Dunford, Robin and Neu, Michael, (eds.) Exploring complicity : concept, cases and critique. London, U.K. : Rowman & Littlefield International. pp. 179-201. ISBN 9781786600615

Conference or Workshop Item

Finn, Peter (2023) Towards 24 : Electoral shifts in the US election system, 2022-2024. In: 49th annual conference of the American Politics Group of the UK Political Studies Association; 5-7 Jan 2023, Leicester, U.K.. (In Press)

Finn, Peter (2022) Democratising teaching : student votes and module case studies. In: ALN Inaugural CPD Series, November 2022 : Session 3 : Empowering Learners; 22 Nov 2022, Held online. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2020) Covid-19 and democracy : country case studies. In: 11th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Science Research; 22 Jun 2020, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2020) The Mueller investigation, the official record and the rule of law. In: Political Studies Association American Politics Group Annual Conference 2020; 03 - 05 Jan 2020, Canterbury, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2019) The preservation and destruction of the official record and truth. In: 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences in a period of uncertainty; 03 - 04 Jun 2019, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter and Molyneux, Camilla (2019) UK remote warfare and the future of parliamentary oversight. In: Conceptualising Remote Warfare: The Past, Present and Future; 01 Mar 2019, Canterbury, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2018) Freedom of information legislation and the democratic oversight narrative : cause for pause? In: British International Studies Association (BISA) 43rd Annual Conference; 13 -15 Jun 2018, Bath, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2016) Excellence in teaching by post-graduate students. In: British International Studies Association (BISA) 41st Annual Conference; 15 -17 Jun 2016, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2016) Mapping the (in)effectiveness of royal prerogative oversight. In: Who takes Britain to war?; 20 Jan 2016, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2015) The US, the UK, the Iraq war, detention operations, impunity and complicity. In: Complicity Conference; 31 Mar - 01 Apr 2015, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2014) Questionable national security policies, clean operations strategies, ethics and the importance of the ‘other’. In: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference; 03 - 06 Sep 2014, Glasgow. U.K.. (Unpublished)

Finn, Peter (2013) Beyond Abu Ghraib – military detention, abuse, Iraq and US power. In: British International Studies Association (BISA) 38th Annual Conference; 19 - 21 Jun 2013, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Monograph

Finn, Peter [Editor] and Furse, Tom [Editor] (2023) Exploring the 2022 US Midterms. (Discussion Paper) Political Studies Association. 52 p.

Finn, Peter, Cinpoes, Radu and Hill, Emily (2022) The Covid-19 pandemic, A Levels, and transitions to UK Higher Education. (Project Report) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University. 16 p. (Covid Policy Briefs: E-Briefing Papers from The Covid-19 and Democracy Project)

Finn, Peter, Imiola, Madison and Ledger, Robert (2021) Pandemic politics : Covid-19 and the 2020 US Electoral Cycle. (Project Report) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University. 34 p.

Finn, Peter [Editor], Cinpoes, Radu [Author-contributor], Ichijo, Atsuko [Author-contributor], Ledger, Robert [Author-contributor], Nancheva, Nevena [Author-contributor], Pettitt, Robin [Author-contributor] and Ranta, Ronald [Author-contributor] (2020) Covid-19 and democracy, first cut policy analyses : country case studies. (Project Report) Kingston University. 92 p.

Finn, Peter (2020) The PhD and the powerful. (Project Report) London, U.K. : British International Studies Association Postgraduate Network. 24 p. (British International Studies Association Postgraduate Network Briefing Paper)

Sound Recording

Finn, Peter [Presenter] (2020) Covid-19 and democracy. (podcast).

Finn, Peter [Producer] and Criminology, politics and sociology, Kingston University. (Podcast). (58 min.)

Thesis

Finn, Peter (2019) Democratic impunity : the case of the Iraq war detention regime. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .

This list was generated on Mon Jul 15 08:15:55 2024 BST.

Business, knowledge transfer and international

I am the Web Lead for the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association and a regular media commentator.

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I have published on teaching practice and PG networking.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Leadership and management

  • Management of module teaching teams and research assistants at Kingston University

  • Management of Web Team of the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association

  • Editor of various research and writing teams for reports and a forthcoming edited volume

  • Academic Misconduct Lead

Social media

Academia