Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Gallatin in 2008 and returned for her MA. “There is no other institution that supports interdisciplinary, independent scholarship like Gallatin,” she explained. Jessica previously worked for Domino, Vogue, and Tommy Hilfiger. Along with fellow Gallatin graduate Danielle Mastrangelo (BA ’07), she established Decorative Traces, a website dedicated to design.
She returned to graduate school in order to reengage with the role of history and heritage in shaping contemporary design and culture. Her research was in American art and material culture, including early American textiles, folk art, and landscape paintings of the American Southwest, and she plans to pursue a PhD. While at Gallatin, she established an arts group that brought Gallatin graduate students together to share resources and develop projects and programming.