Lisa Balabanlilar is a professor of history at Rice University where she has received numerous prestigious teaching awards. The focus of her research is the Timurid-Mughal Em- pire of Central and South Asia; her broader research interests encompass Islamic South and Central Asia and early modern Islamic Empires (Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid). Professor Balabanlilar’s most recent book is The Emperor Jahangir: Power and Kingship in Mughal India (I.B. Tauris, 2020). Her current book project is a comparative global study of imperial pleasure gardens called The King’s Garden.