Nicole Gercke received a B.A in Classics from Dartmouth College with a minor in Studio Art. After college, she spent time in Edinburgh, Scotland and at a small art school in Greece. She worked for several years writing and designing elementary math lessons for an online instructional company based in her hometown of Charlottesville, VA. After working as an English teacher in various regions of Italy, she completed her M.A. in Italian Literature at Middlebury College in Florence. Her M.A. thesis, Le connotazioni di Zeno, explored the various critical interpretations of Svevo's novel which are suggested by the protagonist's name. She is a second year student at Brown University with a focus on modern and contemporary Italian literature. Her teaching experience includes English language instruction in Italy and Italian instruction at Brown University.