Edward Anthony Polanco

Edward Anthony Polanco

Danna Agmon

Edward Anthony Polanco

Assistant Professor


428 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061




Department Membership



  • Latin America
  • Mexico
  • 16th and 17th-Centuries                              
  • Indigenous People
  • Colonialism

Professional Activities

  • American Historical Association
  • American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., University of California, Riverside

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Fulbright-García Robles Research Grant (Mexico)

    Selected Publications


    • 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.

    Additional Information

    Current research: 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.