Daniel K. Finn

Professor of Theology

B.A., Saint John Fisher College, 1968
M.A., University of Chicago, 1975
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1977

Office: Simmons 248
Phone Number: 320-363-3048
Email: [email protected]

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Area of Focus/Research/Teaching Interest

The focus of research and teaching is the relation of Christian ethics and economic life. Courses focus on the history of Christian views of economic life, competing views of justice in the 21st century, and the relation of economics and philosophy. Current research in process: an edited volume on the contributions of the social sciences to the Catholic notion of the common good, a primer on critical realism for Christian ethics, and a book on economic complicity in a global economy.


Daniel K. Finn is Professor of Theology and Clemens Professor of Economics at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Association for Social Economics. His books include Christian Economic Ethics: History and Implications (Fortress, 2013), The Moral Ecology of Markets: A Framework for Assessing Justice in Economic Life (Cambridge, 2006), and Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Economic Complicity and Christian Ethics (Editor, Oxford, 2014). He led a successful affordable housing campaign among five cities in central Minnesota and has lectured widely in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Special Committees/Organizations
  • Daniel Finn is Director of the True Wealth of Nations research project at the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, located at the University of Southern California in Los AngelesAmerican Economic Association
  • Association for Evolutionary Economics
  • Association for Social Economics
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • Society of Christian Ethics

Publications - Books

2014     Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Market Complicity and Christian Ethics, Editor, Oxford University Press.

2013     Christian Economic Ethics: History and Implications, Fortress Press.

2012   The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life: An Extension and Critique of Caritas in Veritate, Editor, Oxford University Press.

2010     True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life, Editor, Oxford University Press.

2006     The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about Markets and Justice, Cambridge University Press.

Reviews and Other Publications

2014     “Understanding Scarcity: How Being Poor is Like Being Too Busy,” in Commonweal, vol. 141, no. 19, December 5.

2014     “Smart Money: The Economic Case for Funding Pre-K,” Commonweal, vol. 139, no. 15, November.

2013      “Gamed: What Wall Street has in Common with the Olympics,” Commonweal, vol. 140, no. 6, March 22.

2012   “Dear Prudence: Translating Moral Principle into Public Policy,” Commonweal, vol. 139, no.18, October 26.

2012     “Commerce as Compromise,” America, vol. 207, no. 4, August, 13-20.


2016     “What Is a Sinful Social Structure?” Theological Studies, vol 77, no. 1, March.

2015     “Catholicism and Modernity: What Economic Doctrines Can Teach Us,” Integritas, vol. 6, no. 2.

2015     “Can an Organization Have a Conscience?” in David E. DeCosse and Kristen E. Heyer, eds., Conscience & Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities, Institutional Responses, Maryknoll, New York.             

2014     “Ubicuidad De La Corrupción,” in Regina Ammicht Quinn, Luiz Carolos Susin y Lisa Sowle Cahill , eds., Revista Internacional de Teolgia: Concilium, November.

2014     “Justice in Markets: What is Required?,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought, vol. II, no. 2, Summer.