Lydia Presley earned her Ph.D. in English Literary and Cultural Studies with specializations in ethnic studies, digital humanities, the teaching of writing, and Great Plains studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studies Native American literatures and boarding school narratives, along with research in anti-racist studies, allyship and accomplice work, and online pedagogy and course design. She has taught courses in first-year composition, Native American literatures, women's literature, and is the first instructor of record for Literary Nebraska.
Lydia was both an Othmer Fellow and a Great Plains fellow. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Music Performance from Eureka College and her M.A. in English Literary and Cultural Studies with specializations in Great Plains studies and ethnic studies from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.