Hindi and Urdu lecturer John Mock has been elected to the Executive Council of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) for a four-year term. The organization joins people with wide-ranging interests in the Himalayan region with the goal of increasing awareness of the unparalleled diversity of the human and natural worlds within the area.

ANHS members include scholars from various academic disciplines, students, and resource and development professionals. The ANHS sponsors a journal, the Himalayan Research Bulletin, which publishes original research and works as a clearinghouse of information about Himalayan publications, conferences, grant and study opportunities, and research in progress. ANHS additionally organizes panel sessions and other activities at its annual conference on South Asia.

Mock teaches all of the Hindi and Urdu classes at UCSC. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from UC Berkeley in South and Southeast Asian studies, specializing in South Asian languages and literature. Mock's expertise includes the languages and cultures of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he speaks Urdu, Wakhi, Hindi, and Nepali, among other languages.