Georgina Kleege


As president of the Faculty Coalition for Disability Rights, I have advocated for the recognitons of faculty and staff with disabilities on campus. Together with others I have lobbied the administration to streamline the process for faculty and staff to receive appropriate disability accommodations. I am a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, largely due to my commitment to inclusive pedagogy.


Georgina Kleege joined the English department in 2003 where in addition to teaching creative writing classes she teaches courses on representations of disability in literature, and disability memoir. Her collection of personal essays, Sight Unseen (1999) is a classic in the field of disability studies. Essays include an autobiographical account of Kleege’s own blindness, and cultural critique of depictions of blindness in literature, film, and language. Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller (2006) transcends the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction to re-imagine the life and legacy of this celebrated disability icon. Kleege’s latest book, More than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art (2018) is concerned with blindness and visual art: how blindness is represented in art, how blindness affects the lives of visual artists, how museums can make visual art accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. She has lectured and served as consultant to art institutions around the world .