Magdalena Stawkowski is a medical anthropologist researching Cold War nuclear legacies in Kazakhstan. She is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of South Carolina. Her work examines how the changing visions of militarized spaces in and around the Soviet-era Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site have produced particular forms of social, political, and economic exclusion in the region. Stawkowski’s ethnographic research among rural communities in and around Semipalatinsk is an account of the local understandings of health and practices about illness. She is currently completing a book manuscript based on her fieldwork.