Yasmine Ergas is a sociologist and lawyer. After a period of study in Italy, she has been working and living in the United States. She teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, where she is Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy and Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She has written a lot about femminism and social policies. Her recent work has focused on the emergence of an international market in reproductive services, the transformations of ‘motherhood’ and the impacts of human rights programs and policies. She is currently engaged in a study on The Transnationalization of Everyday Life.