Amy Finnegan

Amy Finnegan

I have been interested in how we collectively strive for social change for years, although it is only recently that I became introduced to this field which marries the scholarship and practice of social movements. As an undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis where I studied Political Science & Spanish, I had fantastic opportunities to travel and study abroad—to the Mexican border, to India, and to Chile. These experiences embedded within me a sense of social activism and a passion to learn more about inequalities and poverty from perspectives outside of the U.S.

Over the past seven years, I have worked in or on issues related to Uganda and have become increasingly committed to understanding peace and conflict dynamics in the north of the country, a region that has known over two decades of violence. For my MA thesis at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, I researched the role that forgiveness is playing in the Acholi community in the ongoing war in Northern Uganda.

I joined BC’s Sociology Department as a PhD student in the fall of 2006 and am keenly interested in studying social movements and how activism is expressed in Northern Uganda and Africa more broadly. Alongside this, I hope to study the discourse and perspectives of Africa that are disseminated in the West. I also work at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University, where I am coordinating efforts to examine more thoroughly the intersection of two particular strategies of change—negotiation and nonviolent action.


  • “Framing HIV Prevention Discourse to Encompass the Complexities of War in Northern Uganda.” American Journal of Public Health. July 2007.
  • “Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of Satyagraha and the Intersection of Negotiation and Nonviolent Action.” New England Association of Conflict Resolution Newsletter Vol. XIII No. 1 (Winter 2007).
  • “Northern Uganda and Paradigms of HIV Prevention: The Need for Social Analysis.” Paper accepted to Global Public Health, forthcoming 2007.
  • “Lessons Learned: Communities Respond to the Challenges of Orphans and Vulnerable Children.” Global Health Links, Issue #141, October-November 2006.
  • Dispatches from the Field: True Health Warriors.” PBS Rx for Survival, September 2005.