Uzma Quraishi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor



Ph.D., History, Rice University
M.A., History, University of Houston
B.A., English, History, with Secondary Education, University of Houston


Dr. Quraishi’s areas of interest include the history of the recent United States with a concentration in the study of immigration, race and ethnicity, urban history, Houston, and the South Asian diaspora.

Dr. Quraishi’s book manuscript is entitled “Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston During the Cold War” and relies on archival sources, oral history interviews, census data, and GIS mapping to examine the place of race and class in the recent American South. It traces the formation of Indian and Pakistani immigrants’ racial identities from before to well after migration through the lenses of the Cold War, community building, residential segregation, and school selection. The study proposes an epistemology of immigrants’ racial sense-making processes, but more broadly, reveals the subtle ways in which racial hierarchies lingered and were re-constructed after the demise of Jim Crow segregation in the American South.

Her second project examines the formation of national consciousness among diasporic Indian subjects in the declining British Caribbean. The manuscript, titled, “The Long Reach of India’s Partition: Indo-Caribbean Reconstruction of Nation, Ethnicity, and Religion” is currently in progress.

For the 2016–2017 academic year, Dr. Quraishi held the Summerlee Fellowship for the Study of Texas History at Southern Methodist University’s Clements Center. In 2015, she was appointed Scholar-in-Residence at the African American Library at the Gregory School.

Dr. Quraishi teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history, specializing in courses on immigration and ethnicity. She also serves on comprehensive examination and thesis committees for students who share these interests.



HIST 1302 United States History, since 1876
HIST 3379 Recent America, 1945-present
HIST 3382 Immigration and Ethnicity in American History
HIST 4399 Senior Seminar


HIST 5375 United States History, 1876-1933
HIST 5376 Contemporary America, 1933-present
HIST 5383 US Diplomatic History
HIST 5097 US Urban and Suburban History


“Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston during the Cold War” (forthcoming, Spring 2020, UNC Press, New Directions in Southern Studies series).

“Racial Calculations: Indian and Pakistani Immigrants in Houston, 1960–1980,” Special Issue: History of Multi-Cultural U.S. South, Journal of American Ethnic History (Summer 2019, Vol. 38, No. 4). via JSTOR

"Diffracted Diasporas: Trinidad Indians, Religio-Nationalism, and India’s Independence," Journal of Social History (Winter 2015, 49:2).