Melanie Yergeau

university of michigan department of english


A photo of me, a white woman with shoulder-length blonde hair, holding a blue sign with orange text that reads People Not Puzzles.

Protest against Autism Speaks on 10/10/10. I’m holding a sign that reads “People not puzzles.”

I am an assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan. My academic interests include digital media studies and disability studies, and, more specifically, what the neurodiversity movement has to teach us about learning, teaching, writing, difference, and being. I received the 2011 Hugh Burns Dissertation Award, and I am currently working on a book project about autism and embodied authorship.

For many years I served on the board of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a nonprofit organization run for and by individuals on the autism spectrum, and I currently serve on the board of the Autism National Committee (also known as AutCom). I blog semi-regularly on matters of rhetoric, autistic culture, and technology at

I’ve published in Kairos, Computers and Composition Online, Disability Studies Quarterly, and College English. Along with co-authors Katie Wozniak and Pete Vandenberg, I was a recipient of the 2009 Kairos Best Webtext Award, and in 2008 I received the Kairos Graduate Student Award for Service. My webtext, aut(hored)ism, received an honorable mention for the 2010 Kairos Best Webtext Award.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly — I am an avid fan of the Electric Light Orchestra. The domain name of this site, Kuiama, is ELO’s longest song (over 11 minutes in length).

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