Director of the Honors Program / Professor of Disability Studies for the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies in the School of Education

Steve with Nira

Professor Kuusisto is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind a New York Times Notable Book of the Year award winner. His collection of travel essays, Eavesdropping, answers the question: “Why travel anywhere if you can’t see?” A graduate of the University of Iowa’s “Writers’ Workshop” and a Fulbright Scholar, Kuusisto’s work unites literary writing with scholarship on the social construction of normalcy and the history of disabilities.

His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The New York Times, Harper’s, Poetry, Narrative, Books From Finland, Disability Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability, Staring Back: An Anthology of Disability Literature, and The Washington Post.

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