Majors: Spanish & Music
Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University
Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Faith in Texas
Lydia is a Harvard-trained sociologist and author of The Politics of Evangelical Identity. As Executive Director and founder of Faith in Texas, she works to raise civic participation among low-income and moderate-income people of faith.
Lydia writes and consults on religion in public life, grassroots organizing, civic leadership development, and the Rising American Electorate. Her research has been published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Social Science Quarterly, and Sociology of Religion. As a strategic consultant, she has helped movements and foundations engage faith communities more effectively on a variety of issues, including immigration, criminal justice reform, and climate change. As a professor at Baylor University, she previously taught courses on inequality, race, religion, and social theory.