Italian and French, Director of Mediterranean Studies
World Languages, Literatures & Cultures
6030 Haley Center
PhD, University of Florida
Giovanna Summerfield received her PhD in Romance languages and literatures with a minor in European and Mediterranean history 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, March 2007. She created the Taormina, Italy, Study Abroad Program in 2005, providing an interdisciplinary curriculum and community engagement opportunities to all students enrolled. 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. She has served as an Imagining America Fellow and twice as Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar for TEMA Master, University of Catania, Italy. Presently she serves as the book review coordinator for Modern Italy, Cambridge University Press, as the Editor-in-Chief of Italica (University of Illinois Press) and as Co-Founding Editor of I.S. Med.: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Mediterranean (Mimesis International).