The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

May 4, 2004

UI Graduate Student Wins National Award

Crystal Lewis-Coleman, a University of Iowa graduate student in history, has won a national award from the Organization of American Historians. The $1,000 Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually to minority graduate students in the dissertation stage of their doctoral program.

Lewis-Coleman's thesis, "Race, Ethnicity, and Power: Black Southern Migrants, Caribbean Immigrants and the Making of Black Hartford," examines the integration of Hartford's black community from the 1890's through the 1960s. She is studying the incorporation of ethnic diversity in relation to whites.

"It is rewarding when other academics recognize the importance of your work," said Lewis-Colman. "The award also provides resources that allow me to move forward with my project."

She will use the award to fund a trip to Atlanta to visit the archives at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges.

Lewis-Coleman's interest in history includes 19th and 20th century U.S. social history, specifically the social construction of race, immigration and labor. She also studies 19th and 20th century African American and Caribbean history. The Connecticut native got her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in African American studies and government.

The Organization of American Historians is a non-profit organization that teaches and studies American history. The professional society has over 11,000 members of professors, teachers, students and public historians. For more information on the Huggins-Quarles award or to learn more about the OAH visit their website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Writer: Meghann Dowd