Lydia is responsible for supporting the growing exhibitions program at Penn Libraries. She assists the Director of Exhibits with the installation, maintenance, and de-installation of exhibitions in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center as well as departmental libraries.
Before coming to Penn, Lydia held the positions of Collections Assistant at Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park in Phoenix, Arizona and Curatorial Assistant at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology in Denver, Colorado. In the latter role, she assisted with exhibitions such as "Indigenous Futurisms", which featured artists Kristina Bad Hand and Elizabeth LaPensée. Her research interests include decolonization and critical museology.
Lydia holds a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from North Carolina State University. Her master's thesis focused on repatriation and culturally appropriate curatorial methods.