110 Morrill Hall
1465 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Areas of Expertise
- American History; US History to 1877
- Women's, Gender, and Sexuality History
- African American History
- Cultural and Intellectual History
Professor Sumner earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2006. She is a specialist in early American and women's history with interests in cultural and intellectual topics within the long 19th century. Her book, Collegiate Republic: Cultivating an Ideal Society in Early America, was published by University of Virginia Press in 2014. She is currently working on a new book project tracing the intellectual and social networks of 19th century Black academics.
Her research has been supported by grants that include an American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, assorted graduate research fellowships from Rutgers University, a Benjamin F. Stevens Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Price Research Fellowship from the Clements Library at the University of Michigan.
Professor Sumner won The Ohio State University at Marion Teaching Excellence Award in 2020, and The Ohio State University Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award in 2022. She teaches a wide range of courses on the OSU-Marion campus. She also serves as the coordinator and supervisor of the OSU-Marion history internship program, offering students the opportunity to spend a semester working as "history professionals-in-training" at sites like the Delaware County Historical Society, the archives at the Marion Women's Club, the Galion History Center, the Palace Theater, the Marion County Courthouse, and many other local institutions.
Her recent courses include:
Intro to Historical Thought and Methods: How to be an Historian
Social Reform Movements in the US: Improving Self and Society
Intro to US Women and Gender: Busy, Brilliant and Bossy: Discovering Histories of American Women’s Community Activism
Black Women in Slavery and Freedom: Defining and Defending Freedom
The American Revolution and the Early Nation: The Great Experiment
Antebellum America: Enterprising Early Americans
American Ideas in the 19th Century: The Transcendentalists
The Civil War and Reconstruction: The Second Revolution
The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era: The Search for the Modern
Readings in Early America: Joining the Historical Debate