Clark Alejandrino teaches at Trinity College. Clark finished a Ph.D. in East Asian Environmental History at Georgetown University. He specializes in the environmental history of China, especially its climate and animal history, covering the fifth to the twentieth century in his research.
Chris Reed Coggins is a professor of Geography and Asian Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Open Society University Network). He is the co-editor (with Bixia Chen) of Sacred Forests of Asia: Politics, Ecology, Cosmology (Routledge/Earthscan, forthcoming), and the co-editor (with Emily Yeh) of Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes of the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands (University of Washington, 2014). He is the author of The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture, and Conservation in China (University of Hawaii Press, 2003) (runner-up for the 2003 Julian Steward Award for best book in environmental/ecological anthropology and nominated for the Kiriyama Prize in non-fiction. He has published numerous refereed articles and chapters in geography, environment, and Asia-related books and periodicals. In 2019, he was selected to serve as one of fourteen scholars in Asian Studies on the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau.
Christopher Courtney is an Associate Professor in Modern Chinese History at the University of Durham. He a social and environmental historian, specializing in the history of Wuhan and its rural hinterland. His previous research focussed upon the history of nature-induced disasters in the 19th and 20th centuries. His monograph The Nature of Disaster in China examined the history of the 1931 Central China Flood. Chris has also published on topics including the history of environmental religion, fire disasters, and Maoist flood (mis)management. His current research focusses on the problem of heat in modern Chinese cities. This forms part of collaborative research project based at the National University of Singapore entitled Heat in Urban Asia: Past, Present and Future.
Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner based in Philadelphia and Bangalore, and Adjunct Professor at the GSAPP, Columbia University. He is author with Anuradha Mathur of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006); Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009); and editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). His most recent book, The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019. The book has received the 2020 ASLA Honor award and the J.B. Jackson Book Prize.
In 2017, Mathur and Da Cunha initiated a design platform called Ocean of Wetness directed to imaging and imagining habitation in ubiquitous wetness rather than on a land-water surface. (www.mathurdacunha.com) In 2017, da Cunha was a joint recipient of a Pew Fellowship Grant and in 2020 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Rohan D’Souza is a professor at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (Kyoto University). His PhD was awarded from the Centre for Historical Studies (Jawaharlal Nehru University). He was elected General Secretary of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union (1989-90), on the political platform of the All India Student’s Federation.
He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Agrarian Studies Program (Yale University) and at the University of California (Berkeley), besides having had visiting fellowships at the Centre for the Advanced Study of India (University of Pennsylvania) and at the Resources Management Asia-Pacific (Australian National University). He holds honorary affiliation as Senior Research Associate at the Centre for World Environmental History (University of Sussex) and was the Short Term Chair at the University of Tokyo ( Japan) as Visiting Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies.
He is the author of Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood control in Eastern India (2006) and the joint editor of The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia (2011). He has also edited the Environment, Technology, and Development: Critical and Subversive essays (2012) for the Economic and Political Weekly Series. His research interests and publications cover themes in environmental history, political ecology, sustainable development, and modern technology.
Arunabh Ghosh (BA Haverford; PhD Columbia) is a historian of twentieth century China with interests in social and economic history, history of science, environmental history, and China-India history. He is currently an Associate Professor in the History Department at Harvard University. Ghosh’s first book, Making it Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China (Princeton University Press, 2020), explores how the Chinese communist state built capacity to know the nation through numbers. He is currently working on a history of small hydroelectric power in twentieth century China and a history of China-India scientific connections. Ghosh’s work has appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Osiris, International Journal of Asian Studies, EASTS, and other venues.
Micah S. Muscolino is Professor and Paul G. Pickowicz Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese at the University of California, San Diego. He has previously taught at Georgetown University and Oxford University. He obtained a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2006. He researches the environmental and social history of modern China. He is the author of Fishing Wars and Environmental Change in Late Imperial and Modern China (2009) and The Ecology of War in China: Henan Province, the Yellow River, and Beyond, 1938-1952 (2015), and co-editor of Perspectives on Environmental History in East Asia: Changes in the Land, Water and Air (Routledge, 2021). Muscolino has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ with funding from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and an invited Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He has also received fellowships from the British Academy, the Fulbright Program, and other funding agencies.
Helen Rozwadowski is a professor of History and founder the Maritime Studies program at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. She graduated from Williams College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Her teaching includes environmental history, history of science, and public history, as well as interdisciplinary maritime studies courses.
Her latest book, Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans (2018), demonstrates that the human relationship with the ocean began in evolutionary time and has tightened dramatically since them, aims to provide a model for writing ocean history, and argues that ocean histories must examine and historicize the technologies and knowledges systems that enabled and accompanied human interactions with the sea. Her book, Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea (2005), which reveals the simultaneous scientific and cultural discovery of the ocean’s depths in the mid nineteenth century, won the History of Science Society’s Davis Prize for best book directed to a wide public audience. She has written a history of 20th century marine science, The Sea Knows No Boundaries (2002), a history of 20th century marine sciences supporting international fisheries policy. She has co-edited three volumes that have helped establish the field of history of oceanography: Soundings and Crossings: Doing Science at Sea 1800-1970 (2017), The Machine in Neptune’s Garden: Perspectives on Technology and the Marine Environment (2004), and Extremes: Oceanography’s Adventures at the Poles (2007).
Rozwadowski has worked in the past both as a public historian and also in academia. She won the Ida and Henry Schuman Prize from the History of Science Society, was awarded the William E. & Mary B. Ritter Fellowship of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and has received grants and fellowships from the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, the UConn Humanities Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.
James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is Co-director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. He lives on a farm in Durham, Connecticut and was, for 22 years, a sheep breeder and shearer.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2020, he was awarded the Albert O. Hirschman Prize by the Social Science Research Council. His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. His books include Domination and the Arts of Resistance, Yale University Press, 1985, Weapons of the Weak, Yale University Press 1980, Seeing Like a State, Yale University Press, 1998; Two Cheers for Anarchism, (Princeton Press, 2013), The Art of Not Being Governed, Yale Press 2009, and Against the Grain, Yale Press 2017. He formally retired in July 2021 and now calls himself “professor demeritus”.
Murugesu Sivapalan (Siva) holds a B.S. Civil Engineering (University of Ceylon), M.Eng in Water Resources Engineering (AIT, Thailand), and obtained his 1986 Ph.D from Princeton University. He was Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Australia for 17 years, before joining University of Illinois in 2005, where he is currently Chester and Helen Siess Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science. The focus of his research has been on hydrologic predictions of water quantity and quality and of extremes (i.e., floods and droughts), which involves generating the understanding needed to extrapolate across scales (small to large and vice versa), across places and across time (under human induced changes). He was Executive Editor of the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences journal, and was founding chair of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences’ Decade on Predictions in Ungauged Basins initiative. He is also co-founder of the new subfield of sociohydrology. Sivapalan has received several awards for his research contributions, including the John Dalton and Alfred Wegener Medals of the European Geosciences Union and the Robert Horton Medal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is a Fellow of AGU and of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He was recipient of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (Creativity Prize) awarded in recognition of his role in developing and leading the field of sociohydrology.
Philip Steinberg is Professor of Political Geography at Durham University where he is Director of IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research and the Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC). Phil’s research focuses on the projection of social power onto spaces whose geophysical and geographic characteristics make them resistant to state territorialization – spaces that include the world-ocean, the universe of electronic communication, and the Arctic. His publications include The Social Construction of the Ocean (Cambridge, 2001), Managing the Infosphere: Governance, Technology, and Cultural Practice in Motion (Temple, 2008), What Is a City? Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina (Georgia, 2008), Contesting the Arctic: Politics and Imaginaries in the Circumpolar North (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2015), and Territory beyond Terra (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), as well as recent articles in journals including Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning D: Society & Space, Ocean Development & International Law, Antipode, Polar Geography, Polar Record, and Atlantic Studies. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Ocean Space (Routledge) and from 2016-2020 served as editor-in-chief of the journal Political Geography.
Dr. Harry Verhoeven is at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University. He is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, focusing on the political economy of climate change, international relations and the linkages between evolving understandings of political order and water, energy and food security. He is the author of two monographs: Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan. The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building (Cambridge University Press) and Why Comrades Go To War. Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa’s Deadliest Conflict (with Philip Roessler, Oxford University Press/Hurst).
He is the editor of two books: Environmental Politics in the Middle East. Local Struggles, Global Connections (Oxford University Press/Hurst) and Beyond Liberal Order: States, Societies and Markets in the Global Indian Ocean (Oxford University Press/Hurst). He has also edited the following special issues: Marx and Lenin in Africa and Asia: Socialism(s) and Socialist Legacies (for Third World Quarterly) and Water Security in Africa in the Age of Global Climate Change (for Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences).
Harry is a Senior Advisor to the European Institute of Peace. He also founded the Oxford University China-Africa Network in 2009 and remains its Convenor. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.
James Wescoat, Jr. is Aga Khan Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Geography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jim coordinated the SMArchS Urbanism program and co-directed MIT’s Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. Jim’s research concentrates on water systems in South Asia and the US from the site to river basin scales. For much of his career, Professor Wescoat has focused on small-scale historical waterworks of Mughal gardens and cities in India and Pakistan. He continues to write about historic water systems in Agra, Delhi, Lahore, and Kashmir. At the larger scale, Jim has conducted water policy research in the Colorado, Indus, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins. He has chaired National Research Council studies of Glen Canyon Dam, lower Great Lakes, and Mississippi River delta. Jim’s recent research has focused on intermediate-scale regional water systems. This includes research on rural drinking water supply in Maharashtra, India, funded by the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design; the sociohydrology of water systems in Punjab, Pakistan; and the historical geography of water management in South Asia.
Ling Zhang was born and raised in a river town in southeast China and studied history, philosophy, and literature at Peking University (Beijing) and studied economic and environmental history of medieval north China at University of Cambridge (UK). Before joining Boston College, Ling was a lecturer at Newcastle University, a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University Center for the Environment, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Program of Agrarian Studies at Yale University. Ling’s research interests include Chinese history, political economy, political ecology, science studies, and environmental studies in general. Ling’s first book The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, 1048-1128 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) received the 2017 George Perkins Marsh Prize for the Best Book in Environmental History by the American Society for Environmental History. Ling is currently working on two book projects: “North China during the Medieval Economic Revolution” and “China’s Sorrow or the Yellow River ‘s Sorrow: Environmental Biographies of a River Community.” As an associate researcher at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Ling convenes research seminars and conferences for the Center’s “Environment in Asia” series. Ling is a Series Co-Editor (with John McNeill) of the “Studies in Environment and History” book series, published by Cambridge University Press.