Edward Polanco

About Edward Polanco

Edward is a 2017-18 Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Scholarship awardee and he is completing his dissertation. He spent the 2015-16 academic year in Mexico City, Mexico on a Fulbright-García Robles Research Grant. During his ten-month stay in Mexico he conducted archival research for his dissertation and worked with faculty and students at the Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México (UNAM). Edward has also conducted archival research for his dissertation in Puebla, Mexico; Chicago; Los Angeles; and Madrid and Seville, Spain.

His research focuses on the impacts that Spanish colonialism had on indigenous healing in Central Mexico. Paying special attention to the ways in which Catholic priests attacked Nahua ritual practices, and Spanish doctors colonized Nahua healing knowledge. By using evidence from colonial documents written in Spanish and Nahuatl (spoken by Nahua people) Edward's 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
PhD Candidate

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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