Edward Anthony Polanco

Edward Polanco, Assistant Professor

Edward Polanco, Assistant Professor
Edward Polanco, Assistant Professor

Department of History
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8437 | polanco@vt.edu

Edward Polanco is an assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech. His current research consists of a book manuscript that examines 16th and 17th-century Nahua (an indigenous group of Mexico) healing ritual specialists in Central Mexico. This manuscript carefully analyzes the different ritual tasks women and men had in their communities, and how the Spanish authorities dealt with indigenous practitioners as they attempted to convert indigenous populations in New Spain. For further information, please visit Professor Polanco's personal website.

  • Latin America
  • Mexico
  • 16th and 17th Centuries                              
  • Indigenous People
  • Colonialism
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., University of California, Riverside
  • American Historical Association
  • American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies
  • Fulbright-García Robles Research Grant (Mexico)


Journal Articles

Polanco, Edward Anthony. “‘I Am Just a Tiçitl’: Decolonizing Central Mexican Nahua Female Healers, 1535–1635.” Ethnohistory, vol. 65, no. 3, 2018, pp. 441-463, read.dukeupress.edu/ethnohistory/article/65/3/441/134949/I-Am-Just-a-Ticitl-Decolonizing-Central-Mexican.

Polanco, Edward Anthony. “‘The Chamber of Your Virginity does not have a Price’: The Scientific Construction of the Hymen as an Indicator of Sexual Initiation in Eighteenth-Century Spain.” Footnotes: A Journal of History, vol. 1, 2017, pp. 67-88.

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