Left: Emily Modrall stepping into the Nuragic well at Sant'Anastasia in Sardinia. Right: Stephan Zink drawing plans in the crypt of the Temple of Apollo on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
The Kolb Society of Fellows has produced a growing number of Ph.D. dissertations since its inception in 1981. The authors, dissertation titles, and abstracts are provided here, and demonstrate the breadth of the accomplishments of the Kolb fellows. The first dissertation by a Kolb fellow was completed in 1988 in the Department of Folklore and Folklife. Over time, an increasing number of junior fellows have been elected to the society, who have then graduated and become fellows. The growing count of completed dissertations per year reflects the shift in the Kolb Foundation to fund primarily graduate students at the end of their graduate career at Penn. Also, the departments represented by graduated fellows echo structural changes in the Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn. Dissertations have been completed in the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (later divided into the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), the Department of Folklore and Folklife (which has become a graduate program not currently considering applications), and the Department of the History of Art, as well as in the graduate groups of Ancient History and Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World. The dissertations represented here show the wide range of research interests of the Kolb fellows.