Mary FinnMary Finn

College of Social Science, Michigan State University


Dr. Mary Finn is dean for the College of Social Science. Dean Finn has been serving as interim dean in the college since March and will continue as dean until June 30, 2023. Dr. Finn replaces the former dean, Rachel Croson, who moved on to be the Provost at the University of Minnesota.

Prior to this role, Dean Finn served as the Director of MSU’s School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Finn also was a co-chair of The College of Social Science’s Planning Steering Committee and on the MSU Presidential Search Committee.  

Previously, Dr. Finn was the Director and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice. Her research addresses problems and issues directly related to justice policy and practice. She has collaborated extensively with local justice agencies, advocacy organizations, and divisions of the state government in efforts to bridge the world of academia and the world of policy and practice. Dr. Finn’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and Department of Corrections. She is currently doing research on how community contexts influence implicit bias in prosecutorial decisions. Her most recent publications appear in Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Victims and Offenders.

Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Finn served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Georgia State University and participated in the Harvard University program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and the Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.