Natalia Zotova is a PhD candidate at the Ohio State University. She is a cultural anthropologist who studies migration and health, and focuses on migration from Central Asia to the U.S. and Russia. Natalia Zotova explores experiences of migrants; resources and social networks that they use while accommodating to a new setting, as well as perceptions of stress and insecurity both in the countries of origin and destination. Natalia Zotova aims to conceptualize complex relationships of Central Asian migrants with the new social environment, when they re-develop their empirical, existential and social selves in the place of destination. She also explores the implications of transnational migration for the physical and psychological well-being of movers and their families.
Major places/countries of research include New York City, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and other major urban centers).