Lilian (Lily) Mengesha theorizes performance practices that mobilize affective relationships and place-based histories in order to challenge colonial and settler-colonial realities. She is a PhD candidate in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. She recently completed a research fellowship in the Literature department at MIT during the 2016-2017 academic year, working under the guidance of affect theorist Eugenie Brinkema. In 2016, she won the award for best graduate student essay in The Drama Review for her piece "Defecting Witness: The Difficulty in Watching Regina Jose Galindo's Perra." Her current research turns to Latinx, mestiza, and Indigenous women artists from North and Central America who use their bodies as the site upon which to perform and record legacies of dispossession. Her writing appears in The Drama Review (TDR), emisférica, Women & Performance and forthcoming in the Canadian Theater Review. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and her Masters in Performance studies from Brown University.