IDRF fellows discuss Alex Nading's book Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entanglement, based on his International Dissertation Research Fellowship research on waste management and disease ecologies in urban Nicaragua.
Alex Nading is a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. 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. His subsequent work examined ethical debates among scientists, global health organizations, and corporations working to develop dengue vaccines and genetically modified mosquitoes. He is currently co-principal investigator on a three-year National Science Foundation-funded study of hygiene, sanitation, and environmental quality in Managua. He is also involved in another long-term ethnographic project, funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, on an epidemic of chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes in Nicaragua’s sugar plantation zone.