Kari Campeau

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I am an instructor and researcher working in the Department of Writing Studies. As a teacher, I focus on the intersections of writing, rhetoric, and community action. In my technical communication courses, students partner with Twin Cities-based, community organizations and complete technical writing projects in collaboration with and for future use by these organizations. As a rhetoric and composition teacher, I take up the body as a site for rhetorical analysis. Students examine the ways in which rhetorical theory allows us to understand, engage, and, most important, respond to the various constructions of health, illness, care, and normalcy. My current research uses multi-sited, ethnographic methods and rhetorical analysis to study patient experiences of chronic pain and contested or undiagnosed illness. I study the ways people living with chronic pain and medically-contested illnesses enact different forms of care, health, and illness in their daily lives. My research engages questions of expertise, affect, trust, and the possibilities of invention in relation to chronic pain. Other teaching and research interests include: rhetorics of health, medicine, and science; feminist rhetorics of the body; disability studies; usability studies; affect theory; ethnographic methods; community-engaged research methods.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: English, Barnard College, New York, New York, 2011.
  • M.F.A.: Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virgnia, 2015.


  • rhetorics of health, medicine, and science; critical health and disability studies; feminist rhetorics of the body; feminist studies of science, technology, and medicine.
Courses Taught
  • WRIT 3562: Technical and Professional Writing
  • WRIT 3562: Technical and Professional Writing - Community Engaged Learning section
  • WRIT 1401: Writing and Academic Inquiry
  • WRIT 1301: University Writing
  • Writing Studies 3001: Introduction to Technical Writing and Communication (T.A.)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Writing Studies Graduate Student Representative: Fall 2015 - May 2016
  • Rhetoric and Technical and Scientific Communication Graduate Writing Workshop: Founder & Facilitator , January 2017 - present


  • Social Science Research Council - Dissertation Proposal Development Grant ($5,000). : "Undiagnosed: Practice and Invention in the Care of Chronic Pain", May 2017 - September 2017
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship, University of Minnesota Graduate School ($5,000).: “Body Projects and Professional Patients: A Narrative Examination of Chronic Illness, Ordinary Expertise, and the Possibilities of Rhetorical Medicine”, May 2016 - August 2016


  • Volunteer Teacher, Open Door Learning Center.: Adult English Language Learning, January 2016 - present