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Dominique Polanco

Dominique E. Polanco, Assistant Professor

Dominique E. Polanco, Assistant Professor
Dominique E. Polanco, Assistant Professor

Department of  Religion and Culture
109 Major Williams
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6101 |

Dominique Polanco’s research focuses on the history of production and collection of Indigenous manuscripts from colonial Mexico. Specifically, she specializes in painted documents by Nahua tlacuiloque (artist-scribes) in the sixteenth century. Larger themes in her work incorporate decolonial theory, the history of recordkeeping and collecting, and translation, particularly between Spanish colonial officials and elite Nahuatl speakers. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript that analyzes the creation, collection, and reproduction of the Pintura del gobernador, alcaldes, regidores de México (popularly known as the Codex Osuna) in Mexico, Spain, and globally. Dr. Polanco is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

  • Colonial Latin American Art History
  • Mexican Art & Culture
  • Indigenous Latin American Art, Religion, & Culture
  • Indigenous Materiality
  • History of the Book, Libraries, & Archives
  • Ph.D., Art History, The University of Arizona
  • M.A., Art History, University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., English & World Literature, Pitzer College
  • College Art Association
  • Association of Latin American Art
  • The American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • Medici Scholar Award
  • Jane Welch Williams Annual Award for Graduate Research in Art History
  • Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Andrew W. Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
  • Tinker Graduate Student Field Research Grant

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