Dr. William Finlay, Meigs Professor of Sociology (view Dr. Finlay's Meigs video) serves as Head of the Department. He has been at the University of Georgia since 1988 and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1983. He is also co-director of the UGA-Globis Study-Abroad Program in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Prior to coming to the University of Georgia, he taught at the University of Iowa. Dr. Finlay's specialty areas include the workplace, organizations, and economic sociology. His current research project focuses on the importation of South African wines into the United States, testing market and network models of these transactions.
- Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 1983
- M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 1979
- B.Soc.Sc. (Hons., First Class), University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1976
- B.Soc.Sc., University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1975
Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants
- 2012 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
- 2011 Lothar Tresp Oustanding Honors Professor Award
- 2010 M.G. Michael Award, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia
- 1999-2002 General Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorship, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia
- 1998 Honorable Mention, Faculty Division, Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia
- 1995 Special Sandy Beaver Teaching Award, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia
- 1991 ASA/NSF Problems of the Discipline grant for the project, "Sex Segregation of Work in the Southern Textile Industry" ($2,500).
- 1990 EGOS Award from the Organizations and Occupations Section of the American Sociological Association for the book, Work on the Waterfront: Worker Power and Technological Change in a West Coast Port.
- Vallas, Steven P., William Finlay, and Amy S. Wharton. 2009. The Sociology of Work: Structures and Inequalities. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Finlay, William and James E. Coverdill. 2002. Headhunters : Matchmaking in the Labor Market. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. (Paperback edition with a new afterword published in 2007)
- Finlay, William. 1988. Work on the Waterfront : Worker Power and Technological Change in a West Coast Port. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.