J. Shelby House

Graduate Student Assistant, MA Student, South Asian Studies


Broadly speaking, my research interests lie at the intersections of South Asian Studies, multispecies ethnography, and critical medical anthropology. My current work attends to how human and non-human residents of Sindh, Pakistan, are responding to challenges posed by anthropogenic heat, as scorching temperatures become “the new normal” for many parts of the region. This project is supported by the Chester Fritz International Research and Study Fellowship (The Graduate School, UW).

South Asia Center FLAS Fellow: Summer 2020 (Urdu), Academic Year 2020-21 (Hindi)


  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Comparative Politics; Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies, 2017
  • American Institute of Indian Studies – Lucknow, Urdu Fellowship, 2017, 2019, 2020
  • Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan, LUMS, 2017
  • STARTALK Hindi-Urdu Language Program, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • South Asia Summer Language Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016