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Nicole Ann Kiviat
A native New Yorker, Niki has long harbored a passion for foreign languages. Already fluent in Spanish, Niki made the transition to Italian Studies only in her junior year of high school. She received her Bachelor's degree, graduating magna cum laude, in Italian, history, and communications from Tufts University in 2012. Over the course of her undergraduate career, though based in Boston, she also studied in Rome and Talloires, France, taking courses on Roman and early-modern European history, Italian/Occitan linguistics, and the literature of Alessandro Manzoni. Niki began formally teaching in 2011, where, as a senior, she designed and taught a freshman seminar called "World War II in International Film." These experiences opened her eyes to the vast intersections of history and popular culture, which she continues to research today.
After graduation, Niki was offered a teaching position in China, where she taught a course on the influences of mass media on child development. During her time in China, as well as her three summers as a People to People leader in Europe, Japan, and the South Pacific, Niki discovered that while she can travel all over the globe, the classroom is her true home. Niki returned to the Big Apple in 2012, beginning her Master's in Modern European Studies at Columbia. Her thesis, completed in 2014, focused on Vittorio De Sica's later films. Niki began her PhD in 2014, and her scholarly interests include the continuity of fascism in Italian film, material culture of the Economic Miracle, food studies, and the Jewish question in contemporary Italy.