Areas of Study
Art History
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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Laura Tillery’s research concentrates on issues of trade and mobility in late-medieval northern European art. At Hamilton, Tillery teaches a diverse range of medieval and early modern courses that engage with object-based learning using on-campus resources.

Tillery’s current book project examines the cross-cultural mobility of painted and sculpted devotional art in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea region following the mercantile trade routes of the Hanse network. Her research has been supported by the European Commission, Fulbright Commission, the Samuel Kress Foundation and DAAD. She’s also the contributing editor of Northern European medieval art on Smarthistory.

Tillery earned her Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania. After her doctorate, she held a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. 

Recent Courses Taught

Race and Racism in the Middle Ages
Northern Renaissance Art
Early Netherlandish Arts
Introduction to Art History

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Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association
  • Historians of Netherlandish Art
  • International Center of Medieval Art
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Renaissance Society of America

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., McGill University

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