Pre-College Programs
Roman Architecture and Culture

Rome, Italy | Faculty & Staff

Global Programs | Location-Based Courses

An Immersion in Roman Life and Culture

Nicola Denzey Lewis

Professor Nicola Denzey Lewis has been a Brown faculty member since 2007. An award-winning lecturer and teacher, Professor Denzey Lewis has made the city of Rome her special area of expertise for the past twenty years. She is dedicated to introducing the city in all its complexity to students of all ages, but particularly enjoys using Rome as a vibrant learning environment to introduce pre-college students to the range of courses and concentrations available at the college level.

Alessandra Franco

Alessandra Franco is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Italian Studies at Brown University. Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of early modern Rome. Alessandra is a native of Italy, and lived in Rome from 1999 to 2005 where she attended the University of Rome “La Sapienza” majoring in Roman History and Classics. After moving to the US in 2005, Alessandra has worked in several study-abroad programs. In 2009 she began a doctoral program in Italian Studies at Brown University and has taught Italian language and culture in the Rome program since 2012. Alessandra enjoys facilitating students' exploration of Italian culture, language and history, by sharing her love for the city Rome and its authentic beauty.

Ashley Medina

Ashley Medina is currently a graduate intern in the Communications and Public Affairs department at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to her internship, she received her Master of Arts Degree in art history from the University of California, Riverside, where she focused on seventeenth-century patronage of Roman sculpture. While an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ashley studied abroad for a semester in Rome, using the opportunity not only to get to know the Eternal City, (including its art, language, and delicious food), but to travel throughout a number of other European countries. She’s thrilled to return to her favorite city for her now third summer in a row working for Brown’s Pre-College program.

Jose Paix

Jose Paix is a product designer and architect. He completed his BA in fine arts and BARCH in architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Currently, Jose is a leader and a designer at a global multi-disciplinary design firm, HOK, a freelance designer and the academic coordinator for the ACE Mentor Program. The ACE Mentor Program is a nationwide free mentorship program for high school students in the United States. Parallel to his design career, Jose has cultivated a vast experience in student mentorship and leadership. He has been a staff at the ACE Mentor Program for 4 years and a staff at Summer@Brown University for 6 summers, and was recently the On-site Director of the Rome Global pre-college program.