Degree sought: PhD
Year Entered: 2013
Research Interests: Historical anthropology, contact-period archaeology, household archaeology, gender, identity, power, craft production, trade, politics of representation, archaeological collections curation, museology, Hawai‘i, Polynesia, Oceania, North America, American Southwest.
BackgroundSummer is a Ph.D. student whose current research focuses on contact-period Hawaiian archaeology. She received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology with distinction from Hendrix College in 2002 and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Denver in 2006, studying prehistoric Southwestern archaeology and historical archaeology of the Western U.S. After receiving her M.A., she worked as Project Director for a cultural resources management firm in western Colorado for six years. In 2011, Summer moved to Hawai‘i and became Archaeology Collections Manager for the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. This work involved supervising archaeology collections curation and facilitating public outreach using archaeological materials. Major projects included managing the Hawaiian Archaeological Survey (an archaeological sites database) and assisting with the redesign and re-installation of the Museum’s newly renovated Pacific Hall. Summer’s Ph.D. research at the College of William & Mary seeks to address questions about life in the Hawaiian Islands during the early post-contact period. Focusing on a remote area on the northern coast of Kaua‘i Island, Summer plans to use archaeological legacy collections and newly collected archaeological data to better understand the ways in which indigenous Hawaiians negotiated emerging social, economic, and political realities during this time. She also currently serves as Secretary and Newsletter Editor for the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology.