Shelby House (she/they)

Graduate Student
Brown-haired, brown-eyed white woman with red sweater stands before a blue Seattle sky.

Contact Information


M.A., South Asia Studies, University of Washington, 2021
B.A., Political Science, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2017
Urdu Language Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies, Lucknow, 2017, 2019
Urdu Language Fellowship, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Lahore, 2017
Visiting Student, University of Edinburgh, 2015
Curriculum Vitae (253.84 KB)

I am a doctoral student in the Sociocultural Anthropology program, where my research revolves around questions of multispecies captivity and human-animal relations in and beyond the Pacific Northwest. Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, my work was focused on the politics of climate change in Karachi, Pakistan, and I remain committed to the study and teaching of South Asian languages. You can find my writing in Anthropological Quarterly, South Asia: The Journal of South Asian Studies, as well as in a forthcoming volume from Vernon Press entitled Lost Kingdom: Animal Death in the Anthropocene.

A rural-to-urban migrant of Poarch (Creek) descent, I grew up in the swamps of south Georgia. I now live and work in Seattle, as a guest on the occupied homelands of Coast Salish peoples.


Selected Research

Courses Taught

Spring 2023

Winter 2023

Additional Courses

Elementary Hindi (HINDI 101, 102, 103)
The Anthropology of Love & Sex (ANTH 269)
The Cultural Politics of Diet & Nutrition (ANTH 311) 
Human Rights Law in Culture & Practice (ANTH 323, LSJ 321)
Intermediate Urdu (URDU 201)
Introduction to Public Speaking (COM 220)
Introduction to Environmental Anthropology (ANTH 210)

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