Sean Kamperman

Sean Kamperman
  • Assistant Professor


My research concerns the invisible rhetorical nature of everyday writing and communication. I’m particularly interested in the often unseen power of professional genres—grant proposals, mission statements, brochures, bylaws—to coordinate social relations and influence access to space, power, and resources.  

Accordingly, my teaching and research explore how accessibility is enacted in professional workplaces and knowledge cultures more broadly, with an emphasis on how humans, texts, and technologies interact to co-create accessible working and learning environments. I seek to understand access and disablement as material-discursive processes that take shape through particular kinds of literacy acts and events: policy writing, legislative advocacy, scientific research, and medical coding, to name a few.


Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, Ohio State University
M.A. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, Ohio State University
B.A. in Rhetoric & Writing, University of Texas


Areas of Research

  • Professional and technical writing
  • Disability studies
  • Rhetorical theory
  • Community literacy
  • Digital media studies


Teaching Interests

  • Professional and technical writing
  • Disability studies
  • Biomedical and neuroscientific rhetoric
  • Nonprofit writing
  • Digital media composing
  • Qualitative methods

Selected Publications

“Reflections on Research as it Unfolds: Inclusive Tactics as a Methodological Intervention.” In C. Molloy and L. Melonçon (Eds.), Strategic Interventions in Mental Health Rhetoric, 2022, 33-50, Routledge.


“Academic Ableism and Students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Rethinking Self-Advocacy as an Anti-Ableist Practice.” Critical Education, 11(7), 2020, 21-38.


“Recognizing the Métis of Learners with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in College Composition.” Disability Studies Quarterly, 40(1), 2020.