J. Shelby House

PhD, Anthropology


Shelby House is a Ph.D. student in the Sociocultural Anthropology program and Predoctoral Instructor of Hindi in the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures. Her research revolves around climate change and multispecies entanglements in contemporary South Asia and the Pacific Northwest. She holds an M.A. in South Asia Studies from the UW Jackson School of International Studies and a B.A. in Political Science and South Asian Studies from Vanderbilt University. She has completed Urdu language fellowships at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Lucknow, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies program in Lahore, and the South Asia Summer Language Institute. Previously, she worked as the Researcher-Editor for India Policy, a new initiative of the Carter Center Human Rights Program, and she also served as an Urdu Scenario Writer for the Regional Flagship Languages Initiative (RFLI) Culture Initiative at UW-Madison. You can find her writing in Anthropological Quarterly and South Asia: The Journal of South Asian Studies.

Graduate Fellowship, UW Center for Environmental Politics, 2022-2023

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