Hilary Morgan V. Leathem

Dr Hilary Morgan V. Leathem (Evanston, IL, USA, 1988) is an anthropologist of heritage and writer. Previously a fellow at Maynooth University and the EHESS (Paris), Leathem holds a PhD in Anthropology (2021) from the University of Chicago, where they completed their dissertation, History (Dis)Possessed: Haunting, Theft, and the Making of Monumental Heritage in Oaxaca, Mexico. Leathem’s research explores how Zapotec and Mixtec stakeholders form social and emotive relations with heritage sites, highlighting tensions between state possession and Indigenous dispossession. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA, Mellon Foundation, Tinker Foundation, and the Field Museum. Leathem’s writing appears or is forthcoming in Current Anthropology, Culture Work: Folklore and the Humanities for a 21st Century Public (2022), and Archaeological Review from Cambridge (2019).