Cara A. Finnegan

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General Information

Name: Cara A. Finnegan

Pen Name: None


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Illinois Connection

Finnegan earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1999 and has been a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since then.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cara A. Finnegan is a Professor in the Departments of Speech Communication and Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research explores the social, political, and historical role of visual communication in the American public sphere. Her essays on visual rhetoric have appeared in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. She edited the book Visual Rhetoric: A Reader in Communication and American Culture with Lester C. Olson and Lester C. Olson.

She is a former recipient of the National Communication Association's Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the Golden Monograph Award.

Published Works

  • Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press , 2003
  • Making Photography Matter: A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression, University of Illinois Press, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

'Making Photography Matter: A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression'

  • Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, National Communication Association, 2016

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Cara A. Finnegan on WorldCat


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