Alexandra Summa

Alexandra Summa

Class of 2020, American Studies
J.D. Candidate at Tulane University Law School
Alexandra Summa
Thesis Title: Corn Nationalism: Exhibiting Mythologies of "America’s Crop"

What Now: J.D. Candidate at Tulane University Law School; Legal Intern at the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

What Next: Corporate law in New York City

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I always envisioned myself pursuing a career in law, but History & Literature guided me to an area of law that I am especially passionate about. Studying abroad in Milan and Siena inspired my interest in museums. During my junior year, I oriented my tutorial work, extra curriculars, and overall class schedule so that I engaged in topics relating to collecting, curation, and the future of cultural space. For my junior essay I wrote about how the American Museum of Natural History used Indigenous food culture to connote national power during World War I. I expounded on this topic in my senior thesis where I conducted several case studies focusing on how corn was exhibited in various expositions and museums to advance myths and metaphors about national prosperity. As I was researching and writing, I worked in education at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, in development at the Museum of Fine Arts, and with the General Counsel and Chief Curator at the Brooklyn Museum. From these experiences, I realized that I want to work to create systems that promote and ensure artistic production and fairness. Lawyers need to be at the forefront of working to develop and apply legal systems that repatriate stolen art, create just mechanisms for lending, and protect artists’ rights to their intellectual property. I am endlessly grateful for the professors and peers I met through History & Literature who continue to support me in my law career.