Mashinka Firunts Hakopian

Mashinka Firunts Hakopian

Associate Director of Research (Future of Democracy); Associate Editor Noema Magazine

Biography

Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is an Associate Director of Research for the Future of Democracy program at the Berggruen Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Mashinka held a teaching appointment in UCLA’s Department of English, teaching courses in media studies and visual culture, and was a Senior Researcher in AI ethics at Swell Creative Group. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Graduate Certificate in Cinema and Media Studies, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, she is a co-founder of Research Service, a  media collective that develops performative and practice-based models of scholarship. She is the co-editor of Present Tense Pamphlets, a hybrid digital and print publishing platform for score-based performance, released through Northwestern University and the Block Museum of Art. Her book on algorithmic bias is forthcoming in 2021 from X Artists’ Books.