Lydia Walker is a Ph.D. candidate working on her dissertation entitled, “Ad sanctos ultimi temporis: Lay Spirituality, Crusading, and Reform in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry," under the direction of Jay Rubenstein. Through investigating Jacques’s rich body of work, her dissertation seeks to link the scholarly conversations between gender and crusade, and offer a more comprehensive analysis of Jacques’s still largely unedited sermon collection.
Lydia has been awarded several grants towards her research including the Heckman Scholarship at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, the McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs, and Bernadotte Schmidt Award. Lydia is spending the 2016-2017 year as a Fulbright scholar in Belgium, examining the manuscripts of Jacques's sermons. Most recently she was awarded the American Academy of Rome's Affiliated Fellowship to be completed summer 2017.