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Joshua Nadel is associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean history His research focuses on the links between sport and society in the region. He teaches classes on Latin American social and cultural history, sport history, and on human rights and humanitarian aid.



Futbolera: a History of Women and Sports in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019. (co-authored with Brenda Elsey).

Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America. Gainesville, University of Florida Press, 2014.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

"Salvando mulheres de si mesmas: Policiando o futebol feminino, entre as décadas de 1920 e 1980," with Brenda J. Elsey, translated by Sebastian Piraces. In O país do futebol, edited by Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda and Paulo Fontes. Forthcoming.

"¿El juego anti-nacional? Una exploración de fútbol femenino en América Latina," translated by Alejandra Márquez. In Deporte y nacionalismo en América Latina, edited by Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste, Robert McKee Irwin, and Juan Poblete. Santiago: Cuarto Propio, forthcoming

"Unfulfilled Promises: Mexico?s Complicated Century of Soccer." In Neighborly Adversaries: Readings in U.S.-Latin American Relations, 3rd Edition, edited by Michael LaRosa and Frank O. Mora, 303-318. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

"The Anti-National Game: Women?s Soccer in Latin America." In Sports and Nationalism in Latin/o America, edited by Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste, Robert McKee Irwin, and Juan Poblete, 45-65. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

"Cup of Welcome?: Media, Marketing, Latinos, and the 1994 World Cup." In The FIFA World Cup, 1930-2010: Politics, Commerce, Spectacles, and Identities, edited by Kay Schiller and Stefan Rinke, 298-317. Gottingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2014.

Professor Nadel has also published on the intersection of soccer, politics, and society in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Remezcla, and Vice Sports.

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.

Professor Nadel is fluent in Haitian Kreyol and has near fluency in Spanish.


PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2007


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