National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Thomas Finan

Affiliation: University of St. Louis

Thomas Finan is Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of St. Louis, St. Louis MO. He is responsible for bringing international programs to the home campus of Webster University, and acts as a resource for faculty and students who participate in study abroad opportunities. He also directs the International Studies BA and Certificate programs.
Thomas Finan is also Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of History at St. Louis University. His primary research interests include the history and archaeology of Gaelic Ireland, thirteenth and fourteenth century bardic poetry, the history and theology of the Gaelic church in medieval Ireland and the ideology of nationalism in medieval Ireland.
Dr. Finan is director of the Settlement in the Medieval Diocese of Elphin research project. The goals of this long-term project are to identify the local parish churches in the medieval diocese of Elphin, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, to survey the extant remains, and to establish the form and function of those individual churches with the diocese and wider medieval Irish church.

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