James L. Wescoat Jr. is professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In fall 2008 he will become a professor in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT. His research focuses on water in environmental design in South Asia and the US. In South Asia, he co-directed the Smithsonian Institution's Mughal Garden Project in Lahore, Pakistan with colleagues in the Pakistan Department of Archaeology and the University of Engineering and Technology-Lahore; and a USEPA-sponsored project on the potential effects of climate change in the Indus River Basin with the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority. Over the past decade he has worked on landscape research and conservation projects involving historical water systems in Agra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, India. In the U.S. he has conducted water resource policy studies in the Colorado River and Great Lakes basins; and comparative studies of international water resources management. Recent book publications include Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy (Cambridge, 2003) with geographer Gilbert F. White; and an edited volume on Political Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power (Springer, 2007).