Ana Gabriela Álvarez is an anthropologist and social activist who has researched and accompanied travesti/trans communities in Argentina in their struggle for citizen's rights for over twenty years. Currently, she is working on a book/film project on travesti migrations and the transformations of the market of prostitution within Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe. Ana holds a Licenciatura degree in social anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, in Gender and Latin American Studies. In Argentina, she has been a founding member of the Queer Studies Network at the Faculty of Arts, University of Buenos Aires, as well as an advisor to trans organizations ATA (Asociación de Travestis Argentinas), ALITT (Asociación Lucha por la Identidad Travesti-Transsexual) and OTTRAS (Organización de Travestis y Transsexuales de la República Argentina). Before coming to NYU, she has been a lecturer in gender studies and anthropology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, at Birkbeck College, UK, and most recently at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She has published numerous academic articles and book chapters as well as published and broadcast in the media in Argentina, Germany, and the UK, where her work has recently featured in the anthology Latin American Cultural Studies: a Reader, published by Routledge.