Grace H. Zhou is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her current research explores the translocal and transnational dimensions of intimate economies across post-socialist Central Asia. In addition to her academic scholarship, she is also a poet and writes about settler colonialism, diasporic experience, and ethnographic encounters across genres.
Dissertation: Parasitic Intimacies: Life, Love, and Labor in Post-Socialist Central Asia
Based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan, Grace's dissertation narrates the exploits and travails of entrepreneurial traders traveling to China and Turkey, rural migrants and undocumented women in the sex trade, and marginalized, hustling drug addicts as they interact with grassroots service providers and public health programs. She traces how intimate relations across difference—whether nation-state borders, class backgrounds, or racial and ethnic categories—sustain livelihoods and well-being under conditions of precarity.