Dr. Rachel Havrelock is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specializes in Environmental Humanities. She is the founder and director of the UIC Freshwater Lab, which focusses on the social contexts of fresh water and its infrastructure. The Freshwater Lab endeavors to train a new generation of water leaders, to communicate Great Lakes water issues to the general public, and to engage unaffiliated groups in water planning.
Rachel’s current focus on her native Great Lakes follows two decades of work in the Middle East. Dr. Havrelock is the author of River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line (University of Chicago Press) and numerous articles on water, borders, and oil in the Middle East. She received an alumni impact award from the U.S. Department of State Global Fellows Program and serves on the International Advisory Committee of the trilateral (Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian) NGO Ecopeace to link communities supported by the same watershed. Rachel’s interest in local waters includes the outward reach of water diplomacy.
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