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Fink, Clint



  • Existence: March 12, 1933 - March 2, 2018

Biographical Information

Clinton F. Fink was born on March 12, 1933 to Fred Fink and Clara Sabine in Cleveland, Ohio. He had three brothers: David, Gerald, and Robert. Fink graduated from Lakewood High School in Ohio in 1951, and continued his education at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. At Swarthmore, he earned a BA in Psychology and graduated in 1955. Fink attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, where he earned his PhD in social psychology in 1962. His dissertation was titled: The Strength of Perceived Relations as a Factor in Cognitive-Affective Consistency: An Experimental Study.

After receiving his doctorate, Fink continued as a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan, at the Center for the Study of Conflict Resolution. He also edited the Journal for Conflict Resolution there. In 1974 he began his tenure as a researcher at the Institute of Communications Research and the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois. There he engaged in independent and collaborative research on peace theory and action with Dr. Berenice Carroll. During the 1980s, Fink was also a chair and executive director of COPRED, and a co-editor of the COPRED Peace Chronicle.

After Berenice Carroll's appointment at Purdue University, Fink became a visiting scholar in the political science and sociology departments at Purdue. While here, he co-founded the Lafayette Area Peace Coalition which was started in response to the Gulf War in 1991. Fink also organized an alternative newspaper called the Community Times, which was in publication for ten years. Fink died on March 2, 2018 in Lafayette, Indiana.


MSP 300, Clinton F. Fink papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

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Clint Fink papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 300
Content Description The Clint Fink papers document Fink's life and career as a peace activist and educator. The papers documenting his career reflect his research while in graduate school and various proposals and presentations from after he received his doctorate. This series is also particularly strong in its coverage of Fink's involvement in and work with peace activism and advocacy. The collection contains records pertaining to the Peace Groups he led and participated in as well as a number of serial...
Dates: 1864 - 2012; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1995