Bridget Graut received her B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies in 2013, with History, English, and Technical Writing as her areas of concentration. She went on to earn her M.A. in History from UNLV in 2015, and then her Ph.D. in History in 2019 at Arizona State University, with a focus in Native American History. Her dissertation, which built on the research she completed on the Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska for her undergraduate capstone project, was titled “The Changing Tides of Bristol Bay: Salmon, Sovereignty, and Alaska Natives.” After graduation, she worked as a Communications Specialist for Bristol, a company affiliated with Bristol Bay Native Corporation, which she belongs to. In Fall 2019, she began teaching in the Native American and Indigenous Studies department at Fort Lewis College as a Visiting Professor and Mellon Scholar.
“My Multidisciplinary Studies degree allowed me to graduate with a degree in what interested me most as an undergraduate,” she says. She also describes how it laid a solid foundation for pursuing graduate studies. The writing she did as an undergraduate helped her throughout graduate school and in her professional work as a Communications Specialist. In addition, working on her interdisciplinary capstone project for the degree helped prepare her for the presentations and defenses she was expected to do in graduate school.