My name is Nicholas and I’m currently a PhD candidate and graduate student at the University of Michigan.

In Ann Arbor, I study and write about how video games can help us re-interpret medieval texts from about 1000 years ago. I’ll be defending my dissertation, “How to Play the Lay: Video Games and Medieval French Literature,” in May 2023.

Additionally, I’m a Humanities teacher and I instruct courses across various levels (from high school to upper-level university classes) and disciplines. Frequently I teach French language, culture, and literature, but I’ve also taught about HBO’s Westworld and philosophies of consciousness, the Sicilian Mafia, race and criminal justice in the U.S., and fairy tales throughout the world.

In Fall 2023, I’ll continue my postgraduate studies at the U-M, where I’ll complete my MSW in the hopes of supporting others struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other mental illnesses. I plan to specialize in play therapy, which will help bridge my research expertise with clinical experience.

I’m originally from Upstate New York and love to read on the couch with my partner and cat.