Teri Finneman

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall, room 209D
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Teri Finneman is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. She previously worked as a print journalist and multimedia correspondent covering state government, business and enterprise. Her research focuses on news coverage of U.S. first ladies and women politicians. She also conducts research related to media ethics, journalism history and oral history.

She is the author of Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s, which was named a 2016 finalist for the Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha book award for best research-based book about journalism or mass communication. Her documentary, “Newspaper Pioneers: The Story of the North Dakota Press,” premiered in 2017. 

Her work as social media editor for the Brookings Register received third place in the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Best Use of Social Media contest for dailies in 2018. She worked as a David Kaplan Fellow at ABC News in 2009.


Bachelor’s, English/Mass Communication, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Master’s, Journalism, University of Missouri

Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri


First ladies and women politicians

Gender and media

Oral history

Journalism history

Selected Publications

Finneman, T. (summer 2018). “ ‘The Greatest of Its Kind Ever Witnessed in America’: The Press and the 1913 Women’s March on Washington.” Journalism History.

Finneman, T., & Thomas, R. (summer 2018). “Family of Falsehoods: Deception, Media Hoaxes and Fake News.” Newspaper Research Journal.

Finneman, T., & Jenkins, J. (In press). “Sexism on the Set: Gendered Expectations of TV Broadcasters in a Social Media World.” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Jenkins, J., Volz, Y., Finneman, T., Park, Y., & Parkinson, K. (2017). “Reconstructing Collective Professional Identity: A Study of a Women’s Journalist Association in the Post-Second Wave Feminist Movement.” Media, Culture and Society. http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/e5JR893RWFNfXq9rZPJP/full

Jenkins, J., & Finneman, T. (2017). “Gender Trouble in the Workplace: Applying Judith Butler’s Theory of Performativity to News Organizations.” Feminist Media Studieshttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2017.1308412

Vos, T. & Finneman, T.  (2016). “The Early Historical Construction of Journalism’s Gatekeeping Role.” Journalism. http://jou.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/11/1464884916636126.abstract

Finneman, T. (2015). Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing” Palin. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Selected Awards & Honors

Sloan Award Top Faculty Paper. (2017). American Journalism Historians Association.

Beasley Award Outstanding Paper on Women’s History. (2017). American Journalism Historians Association.

Moderator, Tom Brokaw and Tom Daschle. (2017). Daschle Dialogues. South Dakota State University.

Third place, Best Practices in Service Learning in Journalism and Mass Communication Teaching. (2017). AEJMC.

Outstanding Scholar. (2017). College of Arts and Sciences. South Dakota State University.

Finalist. (2016). Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award.

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