Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is a writer, artist, and PhD candidate in the University of Pennsylvania’s History of Art department. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the Department of English at UCLA. Her research project, “Performing the Pedagogy of Protest,” traces the intersections of the lecture-performance with protest speech in twentieth century and contemporary art. With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, she is a member of the group Research Service, whose projects explore performative scholarship and media pedagogy. She is a Contributing Editor to ASAP/J, and the co-editor of Present Tense Pamphlets, a publishing platform for score-based performance released through Northwestern University and the Block Museum of Art.

Contact: mashinkafirunts at googlemail.