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. Lillia serves on the Communications Committee and manages the blog for the Council for Museum Anthropology, a branch of the American Anthropological Association, a position she has held since 2014. This past summer, she 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 in the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Unit at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Denver and 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. Selected other presentations include the European Association for the Study of Religions Conference in Helsinki and the Council for Museum Anthropology’s Inaugural Conference, “Museum Anthropology Futures,” in Montreal.
Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, Lillia currently lives in Brooklyn.