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Erica Kinias

Erica Kinias

MGMM Program Director
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Education

Ph.D., Brown University, History of Art and Architecture, 2021
M.A. Museum Studies, University College London, 2004
B.A., History, Arizona State University, 2001

Biography

I am an art and architectural historian whose research focuses on gender and monastic life in the European Middle Ages. I am particularly interested in the ways that gender is reflected in the design of architectural spaces and ritual performance. I received my M.A. in Museum Studies from the University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, where I studied the English country house as heritage destinations in post-World War II Britain. I have worked on archaeological excavations in France and have done academic research in Spain, France, England, Germany, and Switzerland. I have previously taught art and architectural history at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

I am also a passionate museum professional, having worked as curator at Chiddingstone Castle in England, grants and programs manager at Arizona Humanities (an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities), and executive director of the Telluride Historical Museum, Colorado. As an advocate for museums and historic preservation, I have presented at local and national conferences, including the American Library Association (ALA), Museum Association of America (AAM), the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), and have served on the boards of the Central Arizona Museum Association and the San Miguel County Historical Commission.

Publications

  • “Fountains in Il Nuovo Teatro” in The Theater that was Rome, ed. Evelyn Lincoln, 2015.
  • “Material Devotion: The Devotional Sculpture of St. Barbara” in The Manual: a journal about art and its making, 2015. Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Aus der Wunderkammer Chiddingstone Castle–Pharaonen, Buddhas, Samurai (with Nicholas Reeves,FSA), Romer- und Pelizaeus-Museum, Hildesheim, 2005.
  • “Isabelle of France and the Architecture of the Minoress Order (1200-1500).” in Other Monasticisms, eds. Sheila Bonde and Clark Maines (Brepols: Leiden, 2022).

External Professional Publications

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Brown University, RI
  • Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, RI
  • Executive Director, Telluride Historical Museum, CO
  • Grants and Programs Manager, Arizona Humanities Council, AZ
  • Curator, Chiddingstone Castle, UK

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