UTM historian investigating U.S.-Latin American encounters and visual culture

January 15th, 2015

Historical Studies professor draws links between the photo archives he explores and the politics behind the pictures

From an early age, Professor Kevin Coleman was consistently drawn to Central and South America, though for many years he regarded it as a mere sideline pursuit.

Raised in Arizona and influenced by a variety of cultures, he grew up with home-cooked Italian food and fresh Mexican food from the small restaurants in his hometown. After completing an undergraduate degree in philosophy, he did an internship in the U.S. Department of State and then taught introductory philosophy classes at Navajo Community College in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Still looking to fulfill an aspiration to live abroad, by the time he turned twenty-three Coleman was living with campesinos (subsistence farmers) and working as a Peace Corps Volunteer on potable water projects in southern Honduras, where he developed friendships that continue to this day.

UTM researcher Brian Coleman.

UTM researcher Brian Coleman.