John Summers

Research Fellow, History and Disability

John Summers is Research Fellow in History and Disability.

Summers, a historian, is the author of Every Fury on Earth, the editor of four books of cultural criticism, and formerly Editor in Chief of The Baffler magazine. He writes and speaks widely about issues in contemporary culture. In recent years, he has turned to address autism and related neuro-developmental disorders, casting one eye on disability policy and the other on the history of the human sciences.

Summers is President and Editorial Director of Lingua Franca Media, Inc., a research institute positioned between the poles of public debate and expert knowledge. He has held several academic appointments, including Lecturer on American Studies at Columbia University, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Boston College, and Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester in 2006 and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work is archived at his personal website: