Professor, School of Social Work
Courses recently taught:
SW 323 Women and Social Action in the Americas
SW 465 Social Work in a Global Context
SW 505 Foundations of Social Work Theory and Practice
SW 511 HBSE II: Difference, Diversity, Oppression
SW 530 History of Social Welfare, Justice, and Change
SW 577 Concentration Integrative Seminar I
SW 578 Concentration Integrative Seminar II
SW 595 Human Rights and Social Justice on US Mexico Border
Janet Finn holds an MSW from Eastern Washington University and a Ph. D. in social work and anthropology from the University of Michigan. She has authored and edited numerous books and articles about community, women, childhood, youth, social justice, and transnational issues including Just Practice: A Social Justice Approach to Social Work (2016); Gender Oppression and Globalization: Challenges for Social Work (2013); Mining Childhood: Growing Up in Butte, 1900-1960 (2012); Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation (2009); La Victoria: Rescatando su Historia (2007); Motherlode: Legacies of Women’s Lives and Labors in Butte, Montana (2005); Tracing the Veins: Of Copper, Culture, and Community from Butte to Chuquicamata (1998), and a special issue of Children and Youth Services Review entitled, “Place, Power, and Possibility: Rethinking Social Work with Children and Youth” (2013).
Ph. D, University of Michigan, Social Work and Anthropology, 1995
MSW, Eastern Washington University, 1982
BA. Psychology, University of Montana, 1978
Critical Social Work Theory
Social Work in a Global Context
Women and Social Action
Childhood, Youth, and Social Work
Selected Articles and Book Chapters:
“Social justice” (under review). Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford University Press in collaboration with NASW Press.
“Participatory research, popular education and popular theater: Contributions to group work.” (2017). (co-authored with J. Campana and M. Jacobson). New York: Guildford Press.
"Judging childhood." Children and YOuth Services Review, 35: 1166-1173. In Place, Power and Possibility: Remaking Social Work with Children and Youth (co-edited with Lynn Nybell and Jeffrey Shook). Special Issue of Children and Youth Services Review, 35:8.
“Conceptualizing Gender Oppression, Globalization, and Implications for Social Work,” (2013) Chapter 1 in Janet L. Finn, Tonya Evette Perry and Sharvari Karandikar (eds.). Gender Oppression and Globalization: challenges for Social Work. Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.
“Globalization and Gender Oppression: Reflections on Teaching and Learning,” (2013). Co-authored with Kara Mileski. Chapter 12 in Janet L. Finn, Tonya Evette Perry and Sharvari Karandikar (eds.). Gender Oppression and Globalization: challenges for Social Work. Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.
“Children of the hill: Situating children in Butte's history.” (2012) Montana, Magazine of Western History 62: 23-46.
“Unsettling feminisms,” (2011) (with Sadye Logan). Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.26: 345-348.
“Social work in Montana and beyond: Reflections on a century of practice.” (2011) (with Ryan Tolleson Knee). Montana Professor 22(1):7-13.
“Love and Justice: A Silenced Language of Integrated Practice,” (2010) Chapter in William Borden (Ed.) Reshaping theory in contemporary social work: Toward a critical pluralism in contemporary practice. New York: Columbia University Press.
“The meaning and making of childhood in the era of globalization.” (2010) (with Lynn Nybell and Jeffrey Shook). Children and Youth Services Review 32: 246-254.
“Child’s eye view,” Chapter in L. Nybell, J. Shook, and J. Finn (Eds.) (2009) Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation. New York: Columbia University Press.
“Making trouble,” Chapter in L. Nybell, J. Shook, and J. Finn (Eds.) (2009) Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation. New York: Columbia University Press.
“Love and justice: Ovadia’s story,” (with Ovadia Vargas) (2007) Women’s Studies Quarterly 35 (3/4): 30-37.
“La Victoria: Claiming memory, history, and justice in a Santiago población.”(2005). Journal of Community Practice, 13(30): 9-32.
“La Victoria comprometida: Reflections on neoliberalism from a Santiago población”. Review of Economic Anthropology: Markets and Market Liberalization – Ethnographic Perspectives. (2005). Edited by Norbert Dannhauser and Cynthia Werner. Amsterdam: Elsevier Press, pp. 207-240.
“Women, community, and contestation,” (2005). Voices – Publication of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, 7(1): 4-5.
“Just practice: Steps toward a new social work paradigm.” (2003) (with Maxine Jacobson) Journal of Social Work Education, 39(1): 57-78.
“Raíces: Gender-conscious community building in Santiago, Chile,” (2002) Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. 17(4): 450-472.
“Fuerza Unida,” (2002). Affilia, Journal of Women and Social Work, 17(4): 497-500.
“The Women of Villa Paula Jaraquemada: Building Community in Chile’s Transition to Democracy.” (2001). Community Development Journal 36(3): 183-197.
“Text and Turbulence: Representing Adolescence as Pathology in the Human Services,” (2001) Childhood, 8(2): 167-191, Special Issue, Capitalizing on Concern, Janet Finn and Lynn Nybell, editors.
“Our Lady of the Rockies: Capitalism and Cosmology on the Continental Divide,” (2000) Anthropology of Work Review, 21(4): 1-7.
“Working for Equality and Economic Liberation (WEEL) Advocacy and Education for and Beyond Welfare Reform.” (2000) (co-authored with Raquel Castellanos, Toni McOmber, and Kate Kahan) Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work, Summer 15(2): 294-310.
"The State, the Clock and the Struggle: Discipline and Resistance in Welfare Reform in Montana," (2000) (co-authored with Lyne Underwood). Social Text, 62 18(1):109-134.
Just Practice: A Social Justice Approach to Social Work. (2016). New York: Oxford University Press.
Gender Oppression and Globalization: Challenges for Social Work (2013) (co-edited with Tonya Perry and Sharvari Karandikar). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education Press.
Mining Childhood: Growing up in Butte, Montana, 1900-1960 (2012) Helena: Montana Historical Society Press.
Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation (2009) (co-edited with Lynn Nybell and Jeffrey Shook), New York: Columbia University Press.
La Victoria: Rescatando su historia (2007). (Collaborative project with G. Rodríguez, C. Nuñez, N. Nuñez, J. M. González, and J. Lagos). Santiago: Universidad Arcis, Social Memory Series.
Motherlode: Legacies of Women’s Lives and Labors in Butte, Montana (2005). (co-edited with Ellen Crain) Livingston, MT: Clark City Press.
Tracing the Veins: Of Copper, Culture, and Community from Butte to Chuquicamata. (1998) Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
School of Social Work
Area of Expertise
Childhood, Youth and Social Work; Community Ethnography; Critical Social Work Theory; Social Work in a Global Context; Women and Social Action
In addition to teaching in School of Social Work, Janet is also a faculty member in International Development Studies program.
Janet has conducted a variety of community-based research projects in Montana and in Santiago, Chile.
NASW, Montana Chapter
Affilia Women and Social Work Corporate Board, 2007-2013,
CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women, 2006 - 2013
Council on Social Work Education