2010 Kore Award for Best Dissertation

Dawn Work-MaKinne, photo by Ora Wry

The first Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Goddess Studies was presented  April 24, 2010, at ASWM’s  Green Goddess Conference.  The award went to Dawn E. Work-MaKinne, Ph.D., a graduate of Union Institute & University.  Her dissertation, Deity in Sisterhood: The Collective Sacred Female in Germanic Europe, was commended for its “skilled integration of important German language material critical to studies of mythology.”

Dr. Work-MaKinne received her Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2010, with a Concentration in Arts and Sciences and a specialization in Women’s Studies in Religion.

Honorable Mention for the Kore Award went to Safron E. Rossi, Ph.D., for her dissertation, The Brilliance of Nearness:  Feminine Triads in Greek Mythology. Dr. Rossi is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology.


The Kore Award, made possible through the gift of a generous contributor, recognizes excellence in scholarship in the areas of women and mythology. It is offered in even-numbered years, for dissertations completed in the previous two calendar years, including defense.

Applicants can be from any discipline, including but not limited to literature, religious studies, art or art history, classics, anthropology, and communications. Creative dissertations must include significant analysis of mythology in addition to creative work.   Applicants must be members of ASWM.

Applications for the 2012 award may be made between November 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

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