Ruth H Finnegan

Ruth Finnegan FBA is a cultural historian and anthropologist with interdisciplinary interests in classical studies, literature, sociolinguistics, and modes of cognition. She is credited with inspiring a new generation of Africanists to recognize the relevance of oral literature. She is an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford and an Emeritus and Research Professor at the Open University UK. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the British Academy. She studied classics at Oxford, then social anthropology, fieldwork, and university teaching in Africa. She was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1933.