Lily Scherlis

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Cohort Year: 2019
Education: AB, Harvard University, 2018


 Lily Scherlis studies labor and social performance in the twenty-first century. She researches everyday practices of social evaluation as they relate to gender, sexuality, race, and class. Her current research focuses on contingent teaching in U.S. universities. Her interests include ethnography and performance ethnography, media studies, theories of literary character, and political economy.

In addition to scholarly and non-scholarly writing, she works in video and performance. Her work has been featured in programming at the Renaissance Society and Smart Museum of Art, and is online at She is also Nonfiction Editor at Chicago Review.

Selected recent work:

"Pool Party," (performance lecture at the Renaissance Society)

"Beasts of No Nation," Jacket2 (on Marwa Helal's poetry and the politics of ecology)

"Good, Likeable People Who Love Each Other," Post45 Contemporaries (part of a cluster on BoJack Horseman edited by Pamela Thurschwell and Jack Belloli)