After graduation, Olivia pursued her French studies in Nantes, France, receiving a Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes and a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies at the Université de Nantes. She met her husband, Arnaud, while studying and working there, and he came back to the U.S. with her while she pursued her PhD in French Literature at Emory University. She received her PhD in August of 2008, after teaching for a year at Sewanee during the 2007-2008 academic year, and is now working as an Assistant Professor of French at Elon University in North Carolina. She teaches all levels of language and literature courses, and she regularly mentors undergraduates in research projects related to French and Francophone literature and culture. French has been at the center of her professional and personal life, and she and Arnaud had their first child, Arthur, in 2009.