Vuslat Demirkoparan
Vuslat D. Katsanis CV
Film & Visual Studies | Comparative Literature | Writing

Vuslat Demirkoparan Katsanis is a Turkish-born scholar, artist, and literary translator working at the intersection of multiple expressive traditions. She is a currently a Professor of Writing and Literature at The Evergreen State College.

Education
Ph.D. Comparative Literature
June 2012
University of California, Irvine

Dissertation: "Becoming Stranger: Identity and Estrangement in Contemporary Turkish Visual Culture."

MA., Visual Studies
December 2007
University of California, Irvine

Thesis: "Alternative Modes of Resistance: Musical Interludes and Sound-Bridges in Fatih Akin's 2004, Head On."

BA., English & Studio Art (double-major),
June 2004
University of California, Riverside

Thesis: "Hosting Strangers: Transformation of Cultural Identity."

Academic Appointments
Faculty Member; Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature
​2017 - present
The Evergreen State College

​I teach interdisciplinary courses in Literary Arts and Media Arts & Studies.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition & Writing Center Director
​2013 - 2017
Soka University of America

Taught undergraduate courses listed in the University Writing Program and directed the University Writing Center.

Academic Mentor
​2011 - 2013
Claremont McKenna College

Mentored first-year students in their writing and study habits, and offered workshops on writing at the college-level.

Teaching Associate
​2010 - 2011
University of California, Irvine

Taught two course sections in the interdisciplinary Humanities Core Course Program to first-year college students.

Teaching Assistant
​2004 - 2010
University of California, Irvine

Assisted in teaching the discussion sections of courses listed in the Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature departments.

Research Interests
COMPARATIVE LITERATUREFILM & CULTURAL STUDIESWRITING & TRANSLATIONPOSTCOLONIAL CRITIQUERACE CRITICAL THEORY
Languages
TURKISH; fluentENGLISH; fluentAZERI; readingRUSSIAN; reading