Rachel Havrelock is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she directs the UIC Freshwater Lab. The Freshwater Lab generates research and policy, trains a new generation of water leaders, and creates public-facing art and media like the Freshwater Stories and Backward River digital storytelling sites. A speaker of Hebrew and Arabic, she is the author of two books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, River Jordan (University of Chicago Press) and The Joshua Generation (Princeton University Press). Havrelock has been published in Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Haaretz, The Chicago Reporter and Belt Magazine. She is currently at work on a book about the Great Lakes called The Water Belt.