Associate Professor of History; Director of AADS
Martin Summers is a cultural historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S., with particular research and teaching interests in race, gender, sexuality, and medicine. He regularly teaches courses on post-1865 U.S. history, gender, and sexuality in African-American history; health and disease in African-American history; and the history of masculinity in the U.S.
Summers’ current research project is a social and cultural history of medicine that focuses on African-American patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital, a federal mental institution in Washington, DC. The project uses the hospital as a case study in which to explore the intersections of the historical process of racial formation, medical and cultural understandings of insanity, and the exercise of institutional power. Summers’ research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2013-2014, he will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.