Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff, Ph.D., is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the United States, and the foremost expert on polyamorous families with children world-wide. Her book The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families details the results of her 15-year study of polyamorous families with children. Her new book Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families was published last year. An expert witness, Guardian Ad Litem, educational consultant, and public speaker with a background in academic sociology, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people. She is the CEO and Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts specializing in diverse subcultures and underserved populations.