About

Cara Finnegan is a writer, teacher, and historian of photography. Finnegan's ideas about photography have been featured in a variety of publications in the fields of Communication and U.S. History, as well as in popular media outlets such as CBS, the New York Times​, the BBC, Chicago Public Radio, Vox, and Reuters. She is also affiliated with Reading the Pictures, a non-profit site dedicated to the analysis of news photos and media imagery.

Finnegan is currently completing a book on the history of American presidents' engagements with photography from its inception to the digital age.

She is Professor of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (2016-17).

Other Works

  • "Birth of a Resort: The Chase Hotel and the Rise of Lakeside Tourism, " Minnesota History magazine

    2009
  • Visual Rhetoric: A Reader in Communication and American Culture

    2008
  • Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs

    2003

Awards and Recognition

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
  • National Communication Association book award for Making Photography Matter
  • National Communication Association book award for Picturing Poverty