Summer is a first-year PhD student with research interests focused on the intersection of Civil War memory and race in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century U.S. South. She obtained her Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia under the direction of Dr. Sarah Gardner and Dr. Douglas Thompson with her senior thesis focusing on the 1960 Georgia Civil War Centennial's manipulation of memory and exclusion of African Americans. In 2020, Her Master's thesis, completed under the direction of Dr. David Silkenat at the University of Edinburgh, uncovered the connections between her alma matter, Mercer University, and the institution of slavery. She is currently working as an editorial assistance at the Journal of Southern History.
Fields of Study: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American South, U.S. Slavery, Civil War Era, Civil War Memory, and Jim Crow.
Education: B.A. Mercer University, 2019 and M.Sc. University of Edinburgh, 2020