Research Interests: Medieval Architecture, Monasticism, Spatial Analysis, Gender Studies
Erica Kinias specializes in the art and architecture of the Middle Ages, with a focus on monastic architecture, gender, and spatial analysis. She is particularly interested in the ways that gender is reflected in the design of architectural spaces and ritual performance. Erica holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University College London's Institute of Archaeology, where she studied the English country house in post-World War II Britain. Before coming to Brown, Erica worked as Curator at Chiddingstone Castle, UK, Grants and Programs Manager at the NEH's Arizona Humanities, and as Executive Director of the Telluride Historical Museum in Colorado. Her dissertation was titled, "Building an Order: Architecture, Space, and Gender in Isabelle of France’s Rule of Sorores minores"