Professor Brian Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster

Professor

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6042 Kalmanovitz 241B

Biography

Brian Komei Dempster is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he also serves as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies. He has been at USF since 2001 and received the Distinguished Teaching Award (along with Ronald Sundstrom) in 2010.

At the university, he has taught various courses in the Rhetoric and Language Department and has instructed creative writing workshops and Asian Pacific American literature courses for the English Department as well as the Research Methods and Capstone Project graduate seminars for the Master's in Asia Pacific Studies Program. He’s editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and ResettlementTopaz, his debut book of poetry, received the 15 Bytes 2014 Book Award in Poetry. His second poetry collection, Seize, was Silver Winner of a 2021 Human Relations Indie Book Award.

Appointments
Director of Administration, MA in Asia Pacific Studies
Selected Publications

Dempster, B. (2020). Seize. Four Way Books.  

Dempster, B. (2013). Topaz. Four Way Books.

Dempster, B. (2011). Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement. Heyday.

Dempster, B. (2001). From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps. Kearny Street Workshop.

Awards & Distinctions

USF Distinguished Teaching Award, 2010

Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, 2007