Dominique Polanco

Dominique E. Polanco, Research Associate

Dominique E. Polanco, Research Associate
Dominique E. Polanco, Research Associate

Department of  Religion and Culture
109 Major Williams
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6101 | depolanco@vt.edu

Dominique Polanco’s research focuses on the history of manuscripts and collecting in colonial Mexico. In particular, she focuses on painted documents produced 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 seeks to increase diversity and inclusivity in the study of religion, culture, and art of Latin America through her research and teaching by bringing attention to often-overlooked indigenous populations, and through mentorship of underrepresented student populations.

  • Colonial Latin American Art History
  • Mexican Art & Culture
  • Indigenous Latin American Art, Religion, & Culture
  • Indigenous Materiality
  • History of the Book, Libraries, & Archives
  • PhD (expected Summer 2020), Art History, The University of Arizona
  • MA, Art History, University of California, Riverside
  • BA, English & World Literature, Pitzer College
  • College Art Association
  • The American Society for Ethnohistory
  • Association of Latin American Art
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • 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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