Guillermina Altomonte is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at The New School for Social Research. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study of transitional elder care in New York City. By examining the relationships among elderly patients, their families, workers and institutions that manage care, she explores the ways in which people negotiate projects for aging and caring under structural constraints. She is especially interested in specific forms of paid and unpaid labor that interact to make transitions in care possible. Guillermina is also conducting research in Chile, where she examines the connections between recent transformations in the provision of paid domestic work and the increasing success of high-end nursing homes that cater to the local upper class.