ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, BOSTON COLLEGE
Dr. Summers is a scholar of African-American history, specializing in questions of masculinity and mental health. He is currently researching the history of 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.
Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. Co-edited with Laurie Green and John McKiernan-Gonzalez.
“Diagnosing the Ailments of Black Citizenship: The African American Medical Profession and the Politics of Mental Illness, 1895-1940.” In Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America, edited by Laurie Green, John McKiernan-Gonzalez, and Martin Summers. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
“Manhood Rights in the Age of Jim Crow: Evaluating End of Men Claims in the Context of African American History,” Boston University Law Review 93 (May 2013): 745-67.
“’Suitable Care of the African When Afflicted with Insanity’: Race, Madness, and Social Order in Comparative Perspective,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 84 (Spring 2010): 58-91.
Manliness and Its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900-1930. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.