Staff Directory


Vuslat Demirkoparan, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Phone: 949-480-4024

Fax: 949-480-4067


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine
  • B.A, University of California, Riverside

Positions Held

  • 2013 - present, Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Soka University of America
  • 2013 - 2016, Manager of the University Writing Center, Soka University of America

Research Interests

  • Turkey and the Middle East
  • rhetoric & composition
  • art & critical theory
  • post/anti-colonial critique
  • film & visual culture
  • comparative literature
  • global & cultural studies
  • university writing centers

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits


  • “Identity and the Politics of Space: Fatih Akın’s The Edge of Heaven (2007)” in Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance. Eds. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower and Peter Hulme. New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • “Review” of Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking About Capture by Rey Chow. Durham: Duke UP, 2012. Print. In Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. (Fall 2014).
  • Annotated Bibliography: “Readings for Racial Justice: Sources from Within and Beyond Writing Centers.” Eds. Beth Godbee, Bobbi Olson. Co-authored with the IWCA SIG Collective. International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). 2014. Web.


  • “New Turkish Cinema and the Capture of Everyday Life in the City.” Constructing the Self, Constructing the City. American Comparative Literature Association, New York.
  • “Making Time Strange: Temporality and Estrangement in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Clouds of May (1999) and Climates (2006).” Temporality in Film. American Comparative Literature Association. Vancouver, Canada.
  • “The ‘Dead Spaces’ of Fatih Akın’s Migrant Cinema.” Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Harvard University.


  • “Chapul’LA: an evening of art, music, food, and chapulling.” Intermedia performance. Los Angeles Highways Performance Space. Los Angeles, CA.
  • “Letter to Los Angeles.” Interactive public art installation. Mulholland Dérive. Los Angeles, CA. 

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Communication Skills I (W101)
  • Communication Skills II (W301) 

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Institute of Turkish Studies Doctoral Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2010–2011 
  • Turkish Cultural Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2008–2009 
  • University of California Humanities Center, Research Travel Grant to Istanbul, 2008 
  • International Center for Writing and Translation, Research Travel Grants to Istanbul, 2007 & 2008 
  • University of California, Irvine, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (by nomination), 2007–2008 
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute, Summer Fellowship for the Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT), 2007