Bio


Nicole serves as a Thinking Matters Fellow. She received her Ph.D. in Italian, with a Ph.D. minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, from Stanford in June 2017. Her research focuses on the interplay of art, culture, and politics in Italy from the early twentieth-century to the present. Nicole is currently working on a book-length adaptation of her dissertation, which offers an alternative intellectual history of the politically-engaged works of neorealist film and literature that emerged in Italy post-WWII. The project examines the reintroduction of politics into mass culture through the lens of the Futurist historical avant-garde and Antonio Gramsci’s approach to aesthetics. Prior to joining Thinking Matters, she taught extensively at Stanford and at Notre Dame de Namur University. When not teaching, reading, or writing, she can usually be found at the movies, swimming laps, or volunteering with a local cat rescue organization.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Italian, with a PhD minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures (2017)
  • B.A., Bennington College (2010)

2018-19 Courses


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