J. Shelby House

Graduate Student Assistant, MA Student, South Asian Studies


South Asia Center FLAS Fellow: Summer 2020

I am interested in how heat acts upon bodies and shapes multispecies social worlds in urban South Asia. My current research seeks to understand how animal welfare organizations in Karachi, Pakistan, are responding to new challenges posed by anthropogenic heat.


  • 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