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William Finlay

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Professor Emeritus

Dr. William Finlay, Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs (view Dr. Finlay's Meigs video), is co-director of the UGA Study-Abroad Program in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  He has been at the University of Georgia since 1988 and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1983.  Prior to coming to the University of Georgia, he taught at the University of Iowa. Dr. Finlay's specialty areas include the workplace, organizations, and economic sociology. He irecently finished a book, co-authored with Jim Coverdill and published by Cornell University Press, which examines how the role and activities of headhunters have changed due to social media and economic uncertainty and his current research project looks at how markets and networks shape the selling of South African wines in the U.S. market.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 1983
  • M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 1979
  •  (Hons., First Class), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1976
  • B.Soc.Sc., University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1975
Of note:
  • 2017 Study Abroad Award, Office of International Education
  • 2015 Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2014 Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Research Fellowship
  • 2014 Lothar Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor Award
  • 2012 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • 2011 Lothar Tresp Oustanding Honors Professor Award
  • 1999-2002 General Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorship, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia
  • 1995 Special Sandy Beaver Teaching Award, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia
  • 1990 EGOS Award from the Organizations and Occupations Section of the American Sociological Association for the book, Work on the Waterfront: Worker Power and Technological Change in a West Coast Port.

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