Elisabeth A. Sheff Ph.D.

Elisabeth Sheff, Ph.D.

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.

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The Polyamorists Next Door

Using empirical information based in academic research, this blog explores the issues facing polyamorous relationships and families. It covers topics as diverse as sexuality to parenting, jealousy to coming out to families of origin, and employment and housing discrimination to online dating. 

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