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Desmond Hassing

Third-year PhD Student

Biography

Desmond Hassing is a third-year PhD student. An enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a San Diego native, he received a BA in Youth Theatre and a MA in Theatre from San Diego State University where his research focused on models of American Indian representation in modern media in 20th Century America and the effects of such representations on US Indian policy. Hassing is also a director and conceptual performance artist, his most recent film, #stillhere, has been selected for the First Nations Film and Video Festival, California’s American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival, the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival, and the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.

Research

models of American Indian representation in modern media in 20th Century America and the effects of such representations on US Indian policy

Education

BA in Youth Theatre, San Diego State University,

MA in Theatre, San Diego State University