Vice President

Andrew Finn

4th Year PhD candidate in English
Pronouns: He/him/his
Email: afinn@princeton.edu

I’m originally from California, but my studies have taken me far from my hometown! Before coming to Princeton in 2017, I received my BA from Colby College in Maine and then went to University of Oxford in England for my Master of Studies in Medieval English Literature. My dissertation explores repentance and repetition in Middle English religious poetry—particularly lyrics, carols and the like—and what this short poetry illuminates about penitential thought and practice in late medieval England. In brief, I examine how short poetry can generate long views on life and death that were fundamental to penitential modes of thinking. What’s more, I study how this poetry can help us better understand not only medieval penitential thought but also our own ways of engaging with medieval literature. 

Previously, I’ve served on the English Department’s Graduate Action Committee as the Academic Affairs Chair, on GSG as Academic Affairs Chair, and on the Wintersession Advisory Committee. I have also been involved in gradFUTURES as a University Administrative Fellow for Princeton Research Day. This year on GSG, beyond supporting the President’s endeavors and initiatives, I aim to continue and extend the reach of our Graduate Student Buddy Program that we kicked off last Fall, which paired up first-year students with upper-years to help acquaint the former with life at Princeton and give new students a friendly mentor outside of their department. I also hope to advocate for more robust departmental websites, introduce more opportunities for inter-departmental collaboration and sociality, and help establish more academic support networks. Outside of my academic and GSG work, I like to go on runs, hike, read comics, play video/board games, watch movies, shows, and documentaries, as well as explore museums and historic downtowns. I also have a cat named Petunia.