Jessica Stambaugh received her undergraduate degree from Gallatin in 2008 and returned for the M.A. program. “There is no other institution that supports interdisciplinary, independent scholarship like Gallatin,” she explained. Stambaugh previously worked for Domino magazine, Vogue and Tommy Hilfiger, and along with fellow Gallatin graduate Danielle Mastrangelo (B.A. ’07), she established a design Web site, www.decorativetraces.com. She returned to graduate school in order to “re-engage 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 Ph.D. She extablished an arts group that brought Gallatin graduate students together to share resources and develop projects and programming. “Gallatin empowers us with the flexibility to develop groups and projects, if you are willing to take the initiative,” she said.