Nicole attended the Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the country. From there, she attended Penn, where she received her B.A. in English. She received her M.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Ph.D. from Penn. Her dissertation, On the Lower Frequencies, explores listening as a trope and strategy in African American expressive culture. Currently, she is Chair of the English Department and Director of Diversity at the St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE and is teaching a Cultural Studies course on Jazz Literature at Penn. In addition to discussing and debating cultural representations of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, Nicole enjoys cooking, yoga, listening to music, and spending time with her husband, Nigel, and their daughter, Logan.