Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs


Alex Nading is a Senior Fellow for International and and Public Affairs. His research focuses on global health, the environment, and social justice. It charts the political, technical, and social spaces where environmental change and epidemic disease meet. These spaces are diverse. They include (among others) laboratories, latrines, policy meetings, plantations, garbage dumps, and gut linings. His first book, Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entanglement (University of California Press, 2014), is an ethnography of community-based dengue fever control in urban Nicaragua. In addition, he has published articles and chapters on topics including genetically modified mosquitoes, dengue vaccines, the human microbiome, food safety, and the role of toxic chemicals in global health interventions. His current research examines how environmental justice activists are addressing an epidemic of chronic kidney disease on Nicaraguan sugarcane plantations. An anthropologist by training, Nading received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.