Laura Chilson-Parks

Biography

Research Interests: Medieval Architecture, Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Burgundy and Flanders, Patronage, Reuse, Gender, Spatial Analyses
Dissertation: "'Et le commanda de bouche madame la duchesse:' The Role of Margaret of Flanders in the Architectural Patronage of the Burgundian Court"

Laura studies the architectural history and archaeology of the Middle Ages. Her primary research reconstructs the role of Margaret of Flanders within the 14th-century alterations to the Burgundian ducal residences. Her approach to patronage is comprehensive, including in its scope the fortification, furnishings, agricultural technologies, gardens, and livestock of her case studies. She also studies the accommodation of lay individuals in medieval and early modern charterhouses and has excavated with Sheila Bonde and Clark Maines at the Chartreuse de Bourgfontaine in Villers-CotterĂȘts, France. Laura received her B.A. with honors from Wellesley College in 2011, where she studied anthropology and archaeology. Before arriving at Brown, she attended the Achill Archaeological Field School in Ireland and worked at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.