Lydia received her BA in French, International Studies and Journalism, as well as her MA in French from the University of Mississippi. Her MA thesis and research focused on Franco-Magrebi film and identity. She taught English at Lycée Montesquieu high school in Le Mans, France, and in 2003 was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, earning a Certificat de Langue et Culture Française. Lydia also served as President of the Alliance Française de Nashville (Tenn.), a non-profit dedicated to promoting French language and culture.
Born and raised in Oxford, Lydia loves cooking, reading and spending time with her two young children and her husband Jonas, who teaches biochemistry at MSU.