Selected publications in disability studies, sound studies & inclusive design

Full text of some articles and book chapters. If you have problems accessing any of my publications, please let me know ( For a complete list of publications, see my CV.


Zdenek, Sean (2015). Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Supplemental website:

Winner: 2017 Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). National Council of Teachers of English.

edited journal issue

Zdenek, Sean (2018). Reimagining Disability and Accessibility in Technical and Professional Communication. Guest editor. Communication Design Quarterly 6(4).

journal articles

Zdenek, Sean (2020). Transforming Access and Inclusion in Composition Studies and Technical Communication. College English 82(5), 536-44.

Zdenek, Sean (2018). Guest Editor’s Introduction: Reimagining Disability and Accessibility in Technical and Professional Communication. Communication Design Quarterly 6(4), 4-11.

Zdenek, Sean (2018). Designing Captions: Disruptive Experiments with Typography, Color, Icons, and Effects. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 23(1).

Zdenek, Sean (2011). Which Sounds Are Significant? Towards a Rhetoric of Closed Captioning. Disability Studies Quarterly 31(3).

Zdenek, Sean (2009). Accessible Podcasting: College Students on the Margins in the New Media Classroom. Computers & Composition Online. (PDF)

Zdenek, Sean (2007). “Just Roll Your Mouse Over Me”: Designing Virtual Women for Customer Service on the Web. Technical Communication Quarterly 16(4), 397-430.

Zdenek, Sean (1999). Rising Up from the MUD: Inscribing Gender in Software Design. Discourse & Society 10(3), 379-409.

book chapters

Bose, Dev, Sean Zdenek, Prairie Markussen, and Angelia Giannone (2021). Sound and Access: Attuned to Disability in the Writing Classroom. In K. D. Stedman, C. S. Danforth, and M. J. Faris (eds) Tuning into Soundwriting. Intermezzo Series.

Zdenek, Sean (2011). Personal Reflections on the Educational Potential and Future of Closed Captioning on the Web. In J. Aitken, J. Pedego Fairley, and J. K. Carlson (eds) Communication Technology for Students in Special Education or Gifted Programs (pp. 221-229). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Zdenek, Sean (2008). Muted Voices: Cochlear Implants, News Discourse, and the Public Fascination with Curing Deafness. In B. Johnstone & C. Eisenhart (eds) Rhetoric in Detail: Discourse Analytic Approaches to Rhetorical Talk and Text (pp. 147-171). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

magazine, blog, other

Zdenek, Sean (2016). Cripping Closed Captioning: Experiments with Type, Icons, and Dynamic Effects. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Blog Carnival 9.

Zdenek, Sean (2014). More Than Mere Transcription: Closed Captioning as an Artful Practice. User Experience Magazine 14.1. Print and online.

Zdenek, Sean (2007). Frozen Ecstasy: Visualizing Hearing in Marketing Materials for Cochlear Implants. Proceedings of the 25th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (SIGDOC ’07). El Paso, TX, 22-24 October. 241-248.