teaches modern U.S. and world history, government, and economics at Fullerton Union High School in Orange County, California. His 1985 Master of Arts thesis at the University of Massachusetts, Boston was published by Paulist Press in 1989 as Unsung Hero of the Great War: The Life and Witness of Ben Salmon and won the 1990 Pax Christi USA Book Award.  He also holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Finney grew up in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia and moved to southern California when he was in high school. Prior to entering the teaching profession in 1998, he served in Lutheran ministry for seven years in the Bay Area, Hawaii, and Kansas and worked in the private sector for six years in Sacramento, California. He has taught in both private and public schools at the secondary and college levels, including six years as an adjunct history professor at Bakersfield College.

Over a period of fifteen years, Finney portrayed characters from the American Civil War period across the United States and published original articles, sketches and dispatches in such periodicals as the Camp Chase Gazette, the Bakersfield Californian, the Civil War Courier, the Bivouac Banner, and the Los Angeles Times. He now writes historical fiction and is in the process of completing the following novels and making them available for online readers.





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