"War on Autism" by Anne McGuire takes inaugural Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies

February 3, 2016 by A&S News

Anne McGuire, an assistant professor in the Equity Studies Program at New College, has won the 2015 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities for her book, War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence.

Anne Mcguire

The award is sponsored by the University of Michigan Press (U-M Press) and the U-M Department of English Language and Literature, where pioneering disability studies theorist Tobin Siebers spent much of his career.

War on Autism book cover

McGuire’s book — to be published in May in both print and accessible formats — will be featured in U-M Press’ landmark series Corporealities: Discourses of Disability

“Among the submissions received for prize consideration, Anne McGuire’s manuscript promises to make the most lasting impact on the field of disability studies and to help bring cultural analyses of neuroatypical bodies into the fold of new scholarship in the field,” said David Mitchell, co-editor of the Corporealities series and professor of English at George Washington University.

Assistant Professor Melanie Yergeau of U-M’s Department of English Language and Literature added that War on Autism “will profoundly impact the field of disability studies and uproot (unfortunately) dearly-held clinical and educational paradigms that dominate contemporary discourse on autism.”