Lillia McEnaney is a student and emerging museum anthropologist. With an overarching focus on the American Southwest, her research centers on the anthropologies of Indigenous art, religion, and museums, decolonizing museum practices, and visual and material culture. Lillia is currently a M.A. Candidate in Museum Studies at New York University, and is a 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 and the President of the Museum Studies Student Organization. She 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 a Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe.
Lillia has written for Museum Anthropology and Religious Studies and Theology: Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion, as well as Jugaad: A Material Religions Project, SAPIENS, the Center for Art Law, and SAFE. Most recently, she presented at the Andrew W. Mellon “New Directions in Native American Art History and Museum Studies Symposium” at the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts. Other presentations include the European Association for the Study of Religions Conference in Helsinki, the Council for Museum Anthropology’s Inaugural Conference, “Museum Anthropology Futures,” in Montreal, the NY6 Undergraduate Conference in New York, and two invited lectures in the Religious Studies Department at Hamilton College.
Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, Lillia currently lives in Brooklyn.