Huggins-Quarles Award

To assist graduate students with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation.



Named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually to 1 or 2 graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. These awards were established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession.


Applicants must: 1) be advanced ABD, defined as at minimum a graduate student with ABD designation in their 5th year in a PhD program, and 2) be an African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and/or Native American (ALANA) scholar. The applicant’s dissertation must focus on U.S. history.

Submission Process

One complete copy of each application clearly labeled “2025 Huggins-Quarles Award Entry,” must be emailed directly to the committee chair listed below. The chair must receive all applications and letters from advisers by 11:59pm (PST) on November 1, 2024. To apply, the student should submit the following items in one PDF document and in the following order:

  • Cover letter, which should indicate the candidate’s progress on the dissertation, including ABD status;
  • CV;
  • Project abstract that consists of a five-page dissertation proposal (double spaced), which should include a definition of the project, an explanation of the project’s significance and contribution to the field, and a description of the most important primary sources;
  • One-page itemized budget explaining travel and research plans.

Each application must also include a letter from the dissertation adviser attesting to the student’s status and the ways in which the Huggins-Quarles Award will facilitate the completion of the dissertation project. Advisers should email their letters separately to the committee chair.

Submit applications to:
Contact information to come.

Past Winners


Caleb Smith, Brandeis University, “Pillaging the Vanguard: Chicago, Neoliberalism, and the Evolution of Black Politics from 1965–1994” 


Britney C. Murphy, University of Connecticut, “Outsiders Within: Volunteers in Service to America and the Boundaries of Citizenship, 1962–1971”


Briana Adline Royster, New York University, “Of Our Stock and Blood: Empire, Religion, and Afro-Diasporic Identity, 1838–1945”


Ana C. Rosado, Northwestern University, “Ties that Bind Us to the Earth: Neighborhoods and Interpersonal Relationships of Black Southern Marylanders”


Tiffany Jasmin González, Texas A&M University, “Representation for a Change: Women in Government and the Chicana/o Civil Rights Movement in Texas”


Nakia D. Parker, University of Texas at Austin, “Trails of Tears and Freedom: Slavery, Migration, and Emancipation in the Indian Territory Borderlands, 1830–1907”


Sean Parulian Harvey, Northwestern University, “Assembly Lines: Maquilas and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1932–1992”


Johnnie Tiffany Holland, Duke University, “United By Color and Flag: Blackness in the U.S. Virgin Islands”


Nancy O. Gallman, University of California, Davis, “American Constitutions: Life, Liberty, and Property in Colonial East Florida”

Farina King, Arizona State University, “The Journey of Diné Students in Four Directions”


Keisha N. Blain, Princeton University, “‘For the Freedom of the Race’: Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929–1945”

Bernadette Jeanne Pérez, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, “Beets Better than Gold: Labor, Race, Nation, and the Politics of Belonging in the Development of Colorado Agribusiness”


Chong A. Moua, University of Wisconsin-Madison “Refugee Cosmopolitanism: Hmong Refugeeism and a Critical Stateless Perspective”


Mekala S. Audain, Rutgers University –New Brunswick, “Southern Canaan: U.S. Fugitive Slaves in Mexico and the Expanding American Frontier, 1804–1865”


Shannen Dee Williams, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, “Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America after World War I”


Abigail Rosas, University of Southern California, “On the Move and in the Moment: Community Formation, Identity, Politics, and Opportunity in South Central Los Angeles, 1945–Present”


Kendra Taira Field, New York University, “Growing Up with the Country: African American Migrants in Indian Territory, 1870–1920”


Keona Katrice Ervin, Washington University in St. Louis, “Entitled to Live: Black Women Labor Activists, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Gendered Politics of Freedom in St. Louis, 1933–1973”

Crystal Renée Sanders, Northwestern University, “Redeeming the Community: Mississippi Black Women and Head Start, 1965–1967”


Geraldo Lujan Cadava, Yale University, “Ethnic Histories of Tucson and the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands, 1941–1981”

Julian S. Lim, Cornell University, “Race, Nations, Borders, and Freedoms: Multiracial Societies in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1880–1930”


Kori A. Graves, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Domesticating Foreign Affairs: U.S.-Korean Interracial Relations and International Adoption, 1950–1970”

Arissa Hyun Jung Oh, University of Chicago, “Into the Arms of America: Adoption From Korea, 1950–1969”


Ana Elizabeth Rosas, University of Southern California, “Familias Flexibles (Flexible Families): Bracero Families’ Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries, 1942–1964″

Seema Sohi, University of Washington, Seattle, “Migration, Race, and Empire: South Asian Revolutionaries on the Pacific Coast”


Crystal Lewis-Colman, University of Iowa, “Race, Ethnicity and Power: Black Southern Migrants, Caribbean Immigrants and the Making of Black Hartford”

Rudy P. Guevarra Jr., University of California, Santa Barbara, “Mexipino: A History of Multiethnic Identity and the Formation of the Mexican and Filipino Communities of San Diego, 1900–1965”


Melissa N. Stuckey, Yale University, “‘All Men Up’: The Challenge of Black Progressivism on the Oklahoma Frontier, 1889–1930”

Jessica Millward, University of California, Los Angeles, “‘A Choice Parcel of Country Born’: Slave Women and the Transition to Freedom in Revolutionary Maryland, 1770–1830”


Françoise Nicole Hamlin, Yale University, “The Book Hasn’t Closed, the Story Isn’t Finished: Continuing Histories of the Civil Rights Movement”


Lionel Kimble, Jr., University of Iowa, “Combating the City of Neighborhoods: Employment, Housing, and Civil Rights in Chicago, 1940–1955

Fay Ann Yarbrough, Emory University, “An Interracial Love Triangle: Sex Between Cherokee Indians, African-Americans, and Whites, 1830–1866


William Jelani Cobb, Rutgers University, “Antidote to Revolution: Afro-American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1919–1964”

Daniel Widener, New York University, “Something Else: Creative Community and Black Liberation in Postwar Los Angeles”


Charles L Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State University, “Black East St. Louis: Politics and Economy in a Border City, 1900–1945”

Theresa Napson-Williams, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, “Violating the Black Body: Black Women, White Men and Sexual Violence, 1920–1950”


Adrian Burgos, Jr., University of Michigan, “Playing in a Black and White `Field of Dreams’: Race, Culture and Identity Among Caribbean Players in North American Professional Baseball, 1880–1980s”

Bobby Donaldson, Emory University “New Negroes in a New South: Color, Class, and Culture in Georgia, 1890–1930”

Dylan Penningroth, Johns Hopkins University, “Work, Property and Social Relationships among African Americans in the Era of Emancipation, 1850–1880”

Nichole T. Rustin, New York University, “Mingus Fingers: Charles Mingus as Composed by His World”


Ned Blackhawk, University of Washington, “The Transformation of Nevada: Competing Systems of Knowledge, Power, and Land Use in the American Great Basin”

Stephanie Camp, University of Pennsylvania, “Viragos: Slave Women’s Everyday Political Culture in the Antebellum South”

Gastón Espinosa, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Borderland Religion: Los Angeles and the Origins of the Latino Pentecostal Movement in the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico, 1900–1941”

Bernadette Pruitt, University of Houston, “Texas Bound: African-American Migration Experiences in the South, 1920–1950”


Angela Darlean Brown, Stanford University, “Servants of the People: A History of Women in the Black Panther Party, 1966–1981”

Cheryl D. Hicks, Princeton University, “Women, Prisons, and Race in New York, 1890–1940”

Michele Mitchell, Northwestern University, “Adjusting the Race: Gender, Sexuality, and the Question of African-American Destiny, 1877–1930”


Dianne D. Glave, Smithsonian Institution, “Fields and Gardens: An Environmental History of African-American Farmers in North Carolina, 1890–1930”

M. Elaine Roland, University of Tulsa, “A Land Where You Can Be Free: Gender, Black Nationalism, and the All-Black Towns of Oklahoma”


Jonathan Holloway, Yale University, “Confronting the Veil: New Deal African American Intellectuals and the Evolution of a Radical Voice”

Angela Lakwete, University of Delaware, “Cotton Ginning in America, 1780–1890”

Richard B. Pierce, II, Indiana University, “The Power of the People: African-American Community Development in Indianapolis, 1945–1970”