- M.A. Sociology New Mexico State University, Las Cruces May 2013
- M.A. Anthropology University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign January 1998
- B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. May 1995
Kerri Finlayson received a B.A. degree in Anthropology and Spanish in 1995 from the University of Michigan, a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and a M.A. in Sociology in 2013 from New Mexico State University.
Kerri Finlayson has been involved in archaeology projects in Belize, Nicaragua, and Michigan. Most recently, she led a team of students and citizens to locate and excavate a 19th century privy at the Peter Dougherty Homestead, located on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan. Many interesting artifacts were excavated but there were a few twists and turns along the way. It is this project that will be the focus of the 2016 field school.
Kerri Finlayson has been teaching a variety of anthropology and sociology courses at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan since 1998. She and a colleague have taken students to Mexico on seven occasions to study the Tarahumara culture in northwestern Mexico as well as the Aztec and Mayan ruins throughout Mexico. A few more interesting things to note: she cross country skied to the North Pole in 2001 with a team of women from the United States as well as Canada, she biked from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa in 2008, but she did not successfully make the summit of Mount Ranier in 2010!