Caleb Finegan teaches courses in world history and Latin American history. After years of working as the university’s director of civic engagement activities, he has returned full-time to the History Department and is also working as an active member
of the Latin American Studies minor program, an initiative that he founded in 2002. Finegan is also the faculty adviser and founder of IUP’s Alternative Spring Break program, which sends students out each spring break to do community service work
throughout the country.
Most of his scholarship has focused on how parish priests who lived and worked in the Diocese of La Paz from 1680 to 1730 managed their lives as cultural brokers between the Spanish crown and the predominantly indigenous communities they served. Finegan’s
current research centers on the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and he has led several students on this 500-mile walking pilgrimage as part of his research.