Professor Ruth Hilary Finnegan

Honorary Fellow
OBE, MA, BLitt, DPhil, FBA
Ruth Hilary Finnegan, British anthropologist, sociologist. Honorary fellow Somerville College, Oxford, since 1997. Fellow British Academy, Royal Anthropological Institute (member council 1986-1989, honorary editor journal. Man 1987-1989); member Association Social Anthropologists of Commonwealth (member committee 1986-1989), British Sociological Association, International African Institute.


  • Finnegan, Ruth Hilary was born on December 31, 1933 in Londonderry, Ireland. Daughter of Thomas and Lucy Agnes (Campbell) Finnegan.


  • Bachelor with honors, Oxford University, England, 1956. Diploma in anthropology, Oxford University, England, 1959. BLitt, Oxford University, England, 1960.Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford University, England, 1963.


  • Lecturer in social anthropology University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Zimbabwe, 1963-1964. Lecturer in sociology University Ibadan, Nigeria, 1965-1967, senior lecturer Nigeria, 1967-1969. Lecturer sociology Open University, Milton Keynes, England, 1969-1972, senior lecturer in comparative social institutes England, 1972-1975, 78-82, reader in comparative social institutes England, 1982-1988, professor in comparative social institutes England, 1988-1999, visiting research professor England, since 1999.Reader in sociology University South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 1978-1978. Visiting professor in anthropology University Texas, Austin, 1989. Member social anthropology committee E.S.R.C., 1978-1982, member social affairs committee, 1982-1986, vice chairman, 1985-1986.

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