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Department of History


Summer Bordon

Title: Graduate Student
MA Science, Technology, and Environment
Department: Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
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Advisor: Dr. Berns

Pronouns:  she/her

Education: BA in Religious Studies from Grinnell College (2022)

Bio: Summer grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a BA in religious studies from Grinnell College in Iowa, where she also studied creative writing. In the past, Summer has studied occultism in the work of Chicana feminist Gloria Anzaldúa, expressions of Muslim identities on TikTok, Christian influences on sex education in the U.S., the economics of tarot cards, and dance as a scholarly practice. She won an award from the Academy of American Poets for her poem "Margot to Cuca - Havana 1961", which draws on archival and oral narratives of family history. As a graduate student, she is interested in studying the role of magic in times of rebellion in a variety of historical contexts. Summer is also passionate about the environment and has spent the past year serving as an AmeriCorps member, educating communities about climate change and climate resilience.

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