Finley's Faculty Page


Position: Assistant Director Center For Southeast Louisiana Studies; Assistant Professor of History; University Records Retention Coordinator

Field of Study: American History; Southern History; Louisiana History; Historiography

Classes Usually taught: History 201, 202, 497, , 600, 655, 698


office Fayard Hall 355F

office phone: 985-549-2151

Education: BA, Gettysburg College; MA, Southeastern Louisiana University; PhD, Louisiana State University



  • Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight Against Civil Rights,
    (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press,
  • “Balancing Liberal and Conservative Policy Preferences: The Early Political Career of Russell Long, 1948-1957.” Louisiana History. V. 45, no. 1 (Winter 2004): 5-35.
  • Guide to Ethnic Sources in the Center for Regional Studies and Archives.” Hammond: Center for Regional Studies, 1998.

Professional Activities:

  • Researcher/consultant/author for several Environmental Protection Agency funded grant projects, including a manuscript, film, and exhibit, that examine the environmental history of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Served as chairperson, commentator, and/or participant at numerous local, state, and regional historical conferences, including: “Segregation's Less Conspicuous Friends: The Importance of Non-Southern U.S. Senators in Delaying Civil Rights Advances, 1938-1964.” Presented 2 February 2006 Black History and Politics Lecture Series, SLU; 4 February 2006 Saturday Teacher's Workshop for Black History Month; 7 February 2006 Christwood Arts and Lecture Series.
  • “Divine Sanction: The Use of Religion by Southern U.S. Senators in Defense of Segregation.” Twenty-Fourth Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, 8 October, 2005. Pensacola, FL.
  • Served as 2005 Committee Chairperson for the William S. Coker Prize awarded annually by the Gulf South Historical Association for the best graduate student paper.
  • “Concessions on the Periphery: World War II and the Alteration of Southern Legislative Strategy in the United States Senate.” Twenty-Third Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, 9 October 2004. Mobile, AL
  • Served as Commentator for session entitled “Louisiana's Own: Russell B. Long.” Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, 13 March 2004. Hammond, LA.
  • Served as Chair and Commentator for session entitled “Popular Culture in the Gulf South.” Twenty-Second Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, 18 October 2003. Pensacola, FL.
  • “Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1957.” Seventeenth Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, 10 October 1998. Hammond, LA.