Sean Cohmer is a PhD student at the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.. Born on November 1, 1982 in St. Petersburg, Florida, Sean was raised in southwest Ohio. He served in the United States Army after graduating high school, working as a telecommunications specialist and paratrooper from 2001 to 2009. While in the Army, Sean served in North Carolina, Afghanistan, South Korea, and Washington, DC. From August 2005 to 2009, he was a Presidential Communications Specialist at the White House Communications Agency where he worked for the Bush and Obama White Houses.
Beginning in August 2009, Sean attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona using money provided by the Post 9/11 GI-Bill. There he majored in Biology, graduating Summa Cum Laude in the spring of 2012 as the inaugural Dean’s Medalist for the School of Life Sciences. He then enrolled in a Masters Degree at Arizona State studying the history of psychiatry, specifically the theoretical foundations of autism. Over his time in Arizona, he was a teaching assistant for General Biology, Cancer Biology, History of Medicine, and the Global Classroom Experiment. In 2014, Sean graduated with his Master’s degree in Biology from Arizona State University, defending his thesis: “Leo Kanner and the Psychobiology of Autism”. In 2015, he graduated with a second Master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Toronto.