Laura Chessin (United States) is a graphic designer, photographer, and documentarian. She received a BFA in Photography from Cornell University and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. As an Associate Professor of Graphic Design the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Laura teaches courses in print design, photography, and documentary studies. Prior to her role as an educator she maintained a design studio in Amherst, Massachusetts whose clients include educational and arts institutions and foundations. Her own work includes a photo and text documentary of self shelters for domestic violence, as well several photo documentary and writing projects around the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Appalachian Mountains. She is currently working on an oral history of the Sharon Indian School that served the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe of Virginia. This project evolved out of her involvement with the MIX08 project.