Lillia McEnaney is a student, emerging anthropologist, and aspiring museum practitioner. With an overarching focus on the American Southwest, her research centers on museum anthropology, the anthropology of Indigenous art and religion, visual and material culture, and decolonizing museum practices. Lillia is currently a M.A. Candidate in Museum Studies at New York University, and is a recent cum laude graduate of Hamilton College, where she graduated with departmental honors in Archaeology and Religious Studies.
At NYU, she is a Research Assistant for the Shadow Lines Project with the Departments of Anthropology and Museum Studies, a Gallery Attendant at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and the President of the Museum Studies Student Organization. She is also a volunteer at the City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization and has been the Museum Anthropology Blog Intern for the Council for Museum Anthropology, a branch of the American Anthropological Association, since 2014. This past summer, Lillia worked as the Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe.
In addition to presenting at various conferences, Lillia has written for Museum Anthropology and Religious Studies and Theology, as well as SAFE, SAPIENS, and Center for Art Law.
Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, she currently lives in Brooklyn.