Lillia McEnaney is a student, anthropologist, writer, and aspiring museum practitioner. With an overarching focus on the American Southwest, her research centers on museum anthropology, the anthropology of indigenous religions, and visual and material culture. Lillia is currently a M.A. Candidate in Museum Studies at New York University. This past spring, she graduated cum laude from Hamilton College, with departmental honors in both of her majors, Archaeology and Religious Studies.
Lillia has worked as an intern for various museums and cultural institutions across the United States, as a research, teaching, and gallery assistant, and on field projects in Greece and Macedonia. Most recently, Lillia served as the Content Coordinator and Web Editor for SAFE, a nonprofit organization that raises public awareness about antiquities trafficking, looting, and legislation.
She has published with Religious Studies and Theology: Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion and Museum Anthropology, as well as online with SAPIENS, SAFE, and Center for Art Law. Lillia has also presented at the European Association for the Study of Religions in Helsinki, at the New York 6 Undergraduate Conference in Clinton, New York, and at Museum Anthropology Futures in Montreal.
She has been the Museum Anthropology Blog Intern for the Council for Museum Anthropology, a branch of the American Anthropological Association, since 2014. She is also a published and exhibited photographer, and currently works as a freelance writer, editor, and web designer.
Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, Lillia has lived and studied in upstate New York, London, and Edinburgh. She currently lives in Brooklyn.