Professor of English Language & Literature, Women's Studies, Art, and Theatre & Drama, Director of Graduate Studies
Petra Kuppers (born 1968) is a community performance artist and a disability culture activist. She is a Professor of English, Women's Studies, Theatre and Art and Design, teaching mainly in Performance Studies and Disability Studies, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and she serves on the faculty of Port Townsend's Goddard College.
Kuppers is widely published in journals that explore issues how disability engages with culture and the arts such as TDR: The Drama Review, About Performance, Liminalities, Afterimage, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and differences. Her books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art (2007), Community Performance: An Introduction (2007), "Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape"(2013), and Studying Disability Arts and Culture (2014). She also co-authored the poetry collection Cripple Poetics: A Love Story (2008) with fellow disability culture activist Neil Marcus. Her latest book is Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction.