Summer Cunningham

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies


Ph.D., Communication, University of South Florida

M.A., Communication Arizona State University

B.A., Communication, Arizona State University


Telephone: 607.436.3401


Course History:

  1. Intro to Communication Theory

    2. Gender and Communication

    3. Interpersonal Communication



Professional Interests:

Creative, critical, and qualitative methodologies

Social justice, resistance, activism, and transformation

Embodiment, connection, relationality

Hobbies and Personal Interests:

  • Dancing: swing, salsa, blues, and potentially tango

    Hiking: in the desert, in the woods, and through the city

    Living room guitar playing (a solo endeavor, mostly)

    Macaroni (my dog) and Garfield (my cat)



Selected Publications:

2016. “A Lonely Discourse.” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 5.1, 8-22.

2016. “‘Mom’s School’ by Ben: An Epistemology of Falling Objects.” Mothers and Sons: Centering Mother Knowledge. Eds. Besi Brillian Muhonja and Wanda Thomas Bernard. Toronto: Demeter Press., 161-174.

2013. “How Higher Education Became Accessible to Single Mothers: An Unfinished Story.” Mothers in Academia, Eds. Kristin K. Isgro and Mari CastaƱeda. New York: Columbia University Press. 181-190.


Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.


Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.