On April 6th, 2020 Sanober Umar successfully defended her dissertation and completed her degree in History remotely. Sanober’s thesis “Racializing Subalternity: Space, Caste, and Gender in Muslim Mohallas of Lucknow (1947-1993)” was completed under the supervision of Dr. Barrington Walker and Dr. Saadia Toor.
We thank Dr. Walker as co-supervisor, graduate chair, Dr. Adnan Husain, and the chair of the committee Associate Dean Betsy Donald for pioneering the first fully remote PhD examination. Also, thanks to all members of the committee which included Amitava Chowdhury (History), Ariel Salzmann (History), Shobhana Xavier (Religion), Sailaja Krishnamurti (Saint Mary’s University) and Saadia Toor (CUNY.) The Department of History would also like to thank David Smith of IT Services for his support and for organizing the remote exam.