Research Interests: The long eighteenth-century (1660-1830) French and Italian literature (emphasis on Sicilian writers); religious and philosophical movements; European and Mediterranean history/civilization; material culture. Dr. Summerfield is also a published poet and short-story writer.

Subject Areas: Italian, French

Areas of Oversight

  • International affairs
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Outreach
  • Career services
  • Center for the Arts and Humanities 
  • Women's Leadership Institute
  • Interdisciplinary programs/units, i.e. Africana Studies, Community and Civic Engagement, IDSC, Leadership, Sustainability, Women's Studies, and certificates in Global Leadership and Mediterranean Studies
Past Affiliations

Affiliate Faculty, Women's Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University

Professor, French

Professor, Italian

Associate Dean, French

Women's Studies, Italian
PhD, University of Florida, Romance Languages and Literatures, 2004
MA, University of Florida, French Literature, 2000
BA, University Of Maryland, Government and Politic, 1998
foreign language education