Edward Polanco

About Edward Polanco

Edward is now a faculty member in the Department of History at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). His research focuses on Nahua people (an indigenous group) in Central Mexico. By using evidence from colonial documents written in Spanish and Nahuatl (spoken by Nahua people) his investigation offers new perspectives on Nahua ritual knowledge and probes the elaborate role women played as healing ritual specialists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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Areas of Study

 Colonial Latin America, Indigenous Religions and Cultures, Health and Gender in Modern Latin America

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Edward Polanco

Dissertation Title

The Devil’s Midwives: Gender, Religion, and Medicine in Central Mexico, 1535-1650
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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