Nichole Rustin-Paschal is originally from New York, and after much wandering glad to be back on the East Coast. She earned a PhD in American Studies from New York University and a JD from the University of Virginia. She is looking forward to teaching classes at RISD that are interdisciplinary—bridging art and culture, history, race, gender and law—and that challenge students as critical thinkers and writers. She has also taught at Kansas City Academy, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Williams College and New York University. Her top three picks for fun are good coffee, spending time with her son and British cozy mysteries.