Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship

Contributed by Honors Alumnus David Hamod in honor of his mother, this scholarship applauds a history major for designing a distinguished Honors Thesis or Project in that discipline. This award is meant to support work on that project, so recipients must be full-time students in History and members of the Honors Program in the semester they apply for the Hamod Scholarship and in the year when they hold it. They must also be members of the University of Iowa Honors Program.


  • Must be a History major
  • Must be a member in good standing of the University of Iowa Honors Program at the time of application and award. 
  • Must be enrolled in a degree granting program and seeking first undergraduate degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Must be enrolled full-time as a junior or senior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in Fall 2022
  • Must continue full-time as a junior or senior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2022-23


This scholarship is not automatically renewable. If current award recipients continue to meet eligibility criteria, they must submit a new application each year to be considered for this award

  • Applications should be submitted electronically to historydept@uiowa.edu
  • Applications are due by October 14, 2022.

Contact on campus:

  • Kathleen O’Neill, Department of History, kathleen-c-oneill@uiowa.edu




jack lauer

Congratulations to the 2021 Hamod Scholarship recipient Jack Lauer! 

Jack is a senior from Pleasantville, Iowa double majoring in History and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies with minors in Political Science and International Relations, whose involvement includes being the undergraduate student body Vice President for the Undergraduate Student Government, a Resident Assistant in Daum Hall, and a volunteer for the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library. Following graduation, Jack intends to travel internationally and work in federal government before pursuing law school.

Breaking Bread: The Equal Rights Amendment and the Politicization of Foodways, 1972-1982

My project analyzes feminist and antifeminist movements’ politicization of foodways in support of or opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Beginning in 1972 when U.S. Congress passed the ERA for state approval and concluding with the ratification deadline of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982, feminist activists and antifeminist activists weaponized food in order to advance their respective arguments vis-a-vis the ERA. These tactics produced intense political friction and complicated gender roles, (re)defined the kitchen and home, and encountered regional political and food cultures. Both pro-ERA and anti-ERA movements sparred for control of the home, the family, and the public image of women. To anti-ERA antifeminists, such as Phyllis Schlafly, the ERA would incite great social upheaval both to the nuclear family structure and an idealized (and historically inaccurate) division of labor between men and women. The ERA, beginning as a benign social good for gender equality, ended as a rallying cry for the resurgent New Right and greater conservatism in the United States political structure. In this way, food not only adopted a gendered connotation, but also a political language still contended with today by women.


Emily Bronswick

Congratulations to the 2020 Hamod Scholarship recipient Emily Bronswick! Emily is a senior from Antioch, Illinois double majoring in History and Social Studies Education. She is also working on a Spanish minor and an All Social Studies Endorsement. Emily serves as co-president of PAWS UI (Promoting Animal Welfare in Society), volunteers at the food pantry on campus, and tutors at the City High Success Center. She has also worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant and a student ambassador for the College of Education. After Emily graduates, she plans on teaching high school history for several years before potentially pursuing graduate school.

Working to challenge the myths that the civil rights movement was largely confined to the South and that men were uniformly the people most important in driving the movement forward, Emily studies Black Iowa women’s activism during the civil rights era (which she defines as 1945-1965). Her thesis, “'I Felt if Things Didn’t Change, the World Would Come to an End': Black Iowa Women’s Activism During the Civil Rights Era, 1945-1965" explores not only how their activist work and the arguments they made were influenced by their gender, class, and positionality as Midwesterners, but also how they helped shape for the better the Iowa in which we all now live.


Cameron Moeller

Congratulations to the 2019 Hamod Scholarship recipient and Honors senior, Cameron Moeller, for his research and thesis on British imperial rule in India and the recruitment of native soldiers of the Indian Army. Cameron is double majoring in history and international relations with a certificate in museum studies. He is a member of the Student Judicial Court and has previously worked as an ICRU fellow and archaeology lab assistant for the Department of Anthropology, as well as an undergraduate TA. Congratulations, Cameron! Read the abstract of his thesis below!

Variably Innate: Inconsistent British Perceptions of Martial Races in the Late-Victorian Indian Army

This thesis examines the malleability of the concept of “martial races,” the classification system by which British imperial officers recruited soldiers for the Indian Army, the mainstay of British military power in India. Though led by British officers, the army was composed of Indian soldiers known as sepoys. Seeking to ensure the loyalty and effectiveness of sepoys, British officers only recruited groups they considered to be martial races. This imposed classification was based on traits, like physique and bravery, which were considered innate to certain Indian ethnic groups, referred to as “races” by the British. The concept of martial races was central to army organization, and the British did not question its validity. Using India Office Military Department documents, this thesis argues that just who was considered a martial race was the subject of much more debate than has previously been appreciated. A martial race could be lauded by one British officer but scorned by another. Different martial races came and went, recruited and discharged following the conflicting opinions of different officers. Sepoys were caught at the center of this back and forth, but they were not helpless, as the value the British attached to martial status, combined with the threat of mutiny, gave sepoys indirect influence over their compensation and treatment.