Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

About Dr. Summerfield

Dr. Giovanna Summerfield received her PhD from the University of Florida. She has published and presented extensively on the long eighteenth-century (1660-1830) French and Italian literature (emphasis on Sicilian writers), religious and philosophical movements, and women's studies.

During her time at Auburn she has received the CLA Engaged Scholar, 2009-2012, the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in Women's Studies, 2009-2010, and the PETL Early Teaching Career Award, Auburn University, March 2007. She created the Taormina, Italy, Study Abroad Program in 2005, and has directed it since then with great success, providing an interdisciplinary curriculum and community engagement opportunities to all students enrolled. Dr. Summerfield was instrumental in the implementation of the Language Across the Curriculum program and the Italian government grant that awarded the Italian Studies program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, where she served as undergraduate advisor of Italian Studies and faculty advisor of the Italian Club.

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 


  • Sicily and the Mediterranean: Migration, Exchange, Reinvention. (Co-editor and Contributor). Palgrave, 2015.
  • Scholarship in Action: Communities, Leaders and Citizens.  (Co-editor and Contributor).  Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing, 2013.
  • The Politics of Poetics: Poetry and Social Activism in Early-Modern through Contemporary Italy (co-edited with Federica Santini).  Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
  • “Preparing and Engaging the New Citizens of the World.” Scholarship in Action.  Ed. by Barbara Baker, Kathleen Hale, and Giovanna Summerfield.   Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing, 2013.
  • “Interview with Costanza Quatriglio.” Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen. Ed. by Stella Cantini.  New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • “(R)evolution of Man, Pinocchio: From Wooden Puppet to Real Boy.” Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy.   Montgomery, AL: NewSouth Publishing, 2012. 205-215.
  • “Paris through the Lenses of Italian Directors (Bertolucci et al)” Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination, Paris.  Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2011.
  • Le Siciliane: Cosi’ sono se vi pare.  Alessandria, Italy: Puntoacapo, 2011.
  • Vendetta: Essays on Honor and Revenge. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.
  • New Perspectives on the European Bildungsroman (co-authored). London, UK: Continuum, 2010.
  • Remembering Sicily. (Co-authored) Mineola, NY: Legas Publishing, 2009.
  • Credere aude: Mystifying Enlightenment. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2008.
  • "Fratelli e fratellanze del '68" Carte italiane. Volume 4 (Italy 1968: Representations in Italian Culture) (2008). Los Angeles, CA: University of California Los Angeles. 235-248.
  • Patois and Linguistic Pastiche in Modern Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
  • "Gli Arancini di Montalbano: More Than A Sicilian Culinary Note" Metamorphoses 14.1-2 (2006). Northampton, MA: Smith College. 286-291.
  • No Tomorrow (translation of Dominique Vivant Denon's Point de lendemain, 1777). Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.
  • "Contes de fées by Women of the Seventeenth-Century: New Discourses of Sexuality and Gender." Les femmes au Grand Siècle. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2002 (reprinted in Literature Criticism From 1400-1800, Vol. 153 by Gale, Oct 2008).


Last Updated: January 23, 2019