|Ms. Elizabeth Lhost is a Ph.D. student in South Asian languages and civilizations and history at the University of Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. summa cum laude in English literature and cognitive science from Northwestern University, Illinois. As an undergraduate she became a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received several grants to support her senior research project examining the cognitive links between language and music processing, which she later presented at the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition. After graduation, Ms. Lhost worked in print and
online publishing, most notably contributing to the publication of several titles in the Sourcebooks Shakespeare series, before continuing her education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received her M.A. in languages and cultures of Asia and first developed her interest in India's multi-lingual periodical press. Her current project, examining vernacular legal publishing in the nineteenth century, draws upon her interests in print culture and shifting conceptions of law in colonial societies.
Ms. Lhost’s Fulbright research project, "The Letter of the Law: Urdu Legal Publishing in 19th century India" probes the way print fixes, unsettles and circulates new conceptions of law and legal authority. The translation and publication of legal materials was critical to the efforts of the East India Company and the British Crown to control the Indian subcontinent through rule of law, yet few scholars have examined the production and circulation of these texts. By examining a range of texts--including colonial law codes, law commentaries, legal decisions, guidebooks and religious legal works--in Urdu, this project considers the material possibilities and limitations of the law. She will be conducting archival research in Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Mumbai.