Pre-College Programs
Roman Architecture and Culture

Rome, Italy | Faculty & Staff

Location-Based Program

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.

Rachel Toncelli

Rachel Toncelli has been teaching about language and culture for over 20 years. She is currently Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College, where she works both in the Department of Educational Studies for the M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language Program and in the Department of Modern Languages where she is an adjunct instructor of Italian. She received a Master’s in Anthropology from the Università degli studi di Firenze and an M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College. Rachel began her career teaching EFL in Italy and has since taught university-level ESL, Italian, and a variety of courses in TESL to graduate students. Prior to Rhode Island College, Rachel worked at Brown University where she was the Director of English Language Learning and Assistant Dean of the College. While at Brown, Rachel co-founded the International Writers’ Blog, a platform for international and ELL writers to explore cross-cultural experiences. Rachel’s research interests include the use of storytelling to bridge cultural divides and empowering students to use writing as a tool for social justice. Rachel speaks English and Italian and lives in Rhode Island with her husband and three children.

Ashley Patton

Ashley Patton is a Research Assistant at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She joined the Institute after spending a year working at the Getty Museum as a Graduate Intern in Public Affairs. Prior to her work at the Getty, she received her Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of California, Riverside, where she focused on seventeenth-century Roman sculpture; this fall, she will begin her PhD studies in the same field. While an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she studied abroad for a semester in Rome, learning about the city’s art, language, and culture. Since then, she has traveled to Rome regularly for academic research and to work with Brown’s Pre-College Program, which she returns to for a third time this summer as a Teaching Assistant.