Joshua Nadel is assistant professor of Latin American and Caribbean history and associate director of the Global Studies Program at North Carolina Central University. His research focuses on transnational phenomenon that lead to cultural adaptation. Currently, he is working on projects on: company towns in pre-Castro Cuba, soccer, food, and early transnational corporations. He is under contract with the University Press of Florida for a book, tentatively entitled Fútbol!: the Place of Soccer in Latin America.
From September 1999 until December 2000, Professor Nadel worked in a variety of capacities with the International Rescue Committee in Kosovo. Initially hired to manage housing reconstruction, he eventually became coordinator of the Capacity Building Program. He oversaw IRC's community development work throughout Kosovo; developed new projects, including the Kosovo Women's Initiative; and helped formulate IRC's long-term strategy for Kosovo.
In 1996 and 1997 Professor Nadel worked as a research associate with the National Coalition for Haitian Rights in Port-au-Prince. His main task was researching the training and functioning of the Haitian National Police (PNH), and tracking cases of abuse. In this role he also lobbied the Haitian Parliament for stricter rules governing police use of force and oversight of the PNH, observed and reported on conditions in Haitian prisons, and observed the 1997 Senate elections.