Lily Mengesha

Lily MengeshaLily MengeshaLily is a PhD Candidate in Theater and Performance Studies at Brown University. Her dissertation, tentatively titled Hard to See: Disappearance, Indigeneity and Performance, examines performances and plays about the widespread disappearances of Indigenous lands, histories, and people. In particular, she focuses on the disappearances of women of color throughout North and Central America and performances and plays that use abject aesthetics in order to respond to the lack of  accountability of these deaths. Her work folds together Indigenous and Third World Feminisms, decolonial thought, aesthetic theory, and performance theories around liveness and disappearance.

She holds a Bachelors in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Bryn Mawr College and her Masters of Education from Hunter College's Graduate School of Education.