Nicole Gercke

Nicole Gercke

Office: Classics, Humanities, & Italian Studies, Murkland Hall Room 316, Durham, NH 03824

Nicole Gercke is a lecturer in Italian studies in the Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies at UNH. She earned her B.A. in classics from Dartmouth College, her M.A. in Italian studies from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. in Italian studies from Brown University. She comes to UNH from Brown University, where she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Italian Studies Department and the Virtual Humanities Lab, working on digital humanities projects for the Decameron Web, and from Rhode Island College, where she was an adjunct lecturer in Italian studies. Her research focuses on how modern Italian authors characterize, incorporate and reimagine scientific and technological developments in their writings, and how they address the enthusiasm and anxieties that accompany these developments. Other interests include migration studies, translation, the historical avant-gardes and language acquisition. She has been the recipient of several awards including a fellowship from the University of Bologna to explore “Humanism, Neohumanism and Posthumanism in the Media Age.”


19th, 20th, 21st Century Literature, Language Acquisition, Historical Avante-gardes, History of Science, Technology, Medicine

Courses Taught

  • ITAL 401: Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL 402: Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL 425: Intro to Italian Studies
  • ITAL 504: Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 510J: Rome
  • ITAL 526: Art of Cinema
  • ITAL 595: Practicum
  • ITAL 631: Advanced Conversation and Comp
  • ITAL 631/632/652: Advanced Conversation and Comp
  • ITAL 632: Adv Conversation &Compositn II
  • ITAL 632/652: Adv Conversation and Comp II
  • ITAL 682B: Ital Cult: Early Mod & Contemp
  • ITAL 683: UNH in Bologna


  • Ph.D., Italian Studies, Brown University
  • M.A., Middlebury College
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

Research Interests

  • 19th century literature
  • 20th century literature
  • 21st century literature
  • Historical Avante-gardes
  • History of medicine
  • History of Science & Technology
  • Language acquisiton