Lydia graduated from Messiah College with a BA in English Literature in 2009. She is an unashamed anglophile who hopes to deepen her knowledge of British Literature while at Villanova, although her current focus runs the gamut from 19th century Regency writers to the 20th century Inklings (C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams). She enjoys academic writing, conference-presenting, and looking at the ways theological beliefs and philosophical movements inform and shape fictional texts. She currently teaches enrichment courses at a community college in Maryland and hopes to continue teaching and writing academically post-graduate school. Nonprofessional interests include dirtying all of the dishes in her kitchen, stalking health food blogs, subsisting on hot tea, and pretending that her collection of BBC period dramas opens a portal to the past.