Asia Pacific Studies — Asian Pacific American Studies — Rhetoric and Language
Brian Komei  Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster

Professor and Director of Administration

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, including Written Communication I and II, Written and Oral Communication, and a First-Year Seminar entitled, Language and Power: The Rhetoric of Nationalism and Social Justice. In addition, he has instructed creative writing workshops and Asian Pacific American literature courses for the English Department.

Dempster is editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001), which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011). Topaz, his debut book of poetry, was published by Four Way Books in 2013. His work—as a poet, workshop instructor, and editor—has been recognized by grants from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the California State Library's California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Dempster has also been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Administrative Appointments

Director of Administration, Graduate Program in Asia Pacific Studies