Peter Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool in 1976 and has held senior professorial positions at University College London, the University of Cambridge, and The University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as professor jointly in the Department of Sociology and at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author of some 14 books and more than 70 scholarly articles on Latin American urbanization, low cost housing, land markets, social policy, and local government and Mexican politics. His highly acclaimed book "Mexico City" was published by Wileys in 1998, and is a fully revised and updated version of an earlier 1990 text. He has served as policy adviser to the Mexican government, as well as to international organizations such as AID, WHO, and UNCHS. Dr. Ward is listed in "Who's Who in the World " and "Who's Who in American Education," and in 1998 he was nominated for Mexico's prestigious Eugenio Garza Sada Award.