Personal profile

Research Interests

Professor Finnegan is a scholar of rhetoric, public address, and the history of photography. Her research and teaching explore the role of photography as a tool for public life. 

Academic Service

My administrative leadership roles at the University of Illinois have included directing the campus's general education course in Oral and Written Communication (CMN 111-112), running the Communication department's graduate program, serving as associate head of the Communication department, and working as interim associate dean for humanities and arts at the Graduate College. 



Education / Academic qualification

Communication, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Communication, M.A., University of Maine

Communication and Journalism, B.A., University of St. Thomas


  • E11 America (General)
  • Great Depression
  • U.S. presidency
  • TR Photography
  • history of photography
  • contemporary photography
  • NE Print media
  • print culture
  • art
  • visual culture
  • P Language and Literature
  • rhetoric
  • communication
  • U.S. public address

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Research Output 1995 2016

Sharon Ann Musher. Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture

Finnegan, C. A. Jun 2016 In : Journal of American History. 103, 1, p. 243-243 1 p.

Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Civil War
Great Depression

Slave photographs in Lincoln

Finnegan, C. A. Mar 1 2015 In : Rhetoric and Public Affairs. 18, 1, p. 129-134 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article


Art Controversy in the Obama White House: Performing Tensions of Race in the Visual Politics of the Presidency

Finnegan, C. A. & Mixon, A. J. Jun 1 2014 In : Presidential Studies Quarterly. 44, 2, p. 244-266 23 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Barack Obama
White House

Activities 2008 2016

  • 3 Membership of board
  • 1 Invited talk

Rhetoric Society Quarterly (External organization)

Finnegan, C. A. (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership of board

A Presidency in Pictures

Finnegan, C. A. (Speaker)
Nov 2015

Activity: Invited talk

Rhetoric & Public Affairs (External organization)

Finnegan, C. A. (Member)
2008 → …

Activity: Membership of board

Press / Media

Making Photography Matter

Cara Anne Finnegan


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Expert Comment