Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Elisabeth Sheff, Ph.D., CASA, CSE

Email: drelisheff@gmail.com
Website: http://elisabethsheff.com
Blog: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-polyamorists-next-door

Current Positions

CEO, Director of Legal Services

• Sheff Consulting Group

Court Appointed Special Advocate
• Fulton County Family Court, Georgia

Previous Positions

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences
• Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, 2014-2015

Visiting Professor
• Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, 2013 – 2015

Assistant Professor
• Georgia State University, Atlanta, 2004 – 2012

Visiting Professor
• University of Montana, Missoula, Spring 2004

Graduate Teacher Part-time Instructor (GTPI)
• University of Colorado, Boulder, 1997 – 2004

Education

Ph.D., Sociology
• University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005
• Dissertation
Sheff, Elisabeth. 2005. Gender, Family, and Sexuality: Exploring Polyamorous Community. Unpublished doctoral dissertation submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Colorado in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Sociology.

BA, Cum Laude
• California State University, Sonoma, 1994

Certifications

Sexuality Educator
• American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), 2013

Guardian Ad Litem, Court Appointed Special Advocate
• Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta Georgia, 2012

Massage Therapist
• Esalen Institute, Big Sur California, 1988

Specialty Areas: Polyamory, Family, Law, Policy, Gender, Sexuality, Deviance, Theory (emphasis in Classical, Postmodern, Feminist, and Queer theories), Qualitative Methods, and Bodies

Publications

2016 Sheff, Elisabeth. When Someone you Love is Polyamorous. Portland, OR: Thorntree Press.

2016 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Resilient Polyamorous Families” in Critical Dimensions of Sex & Gender Diversity: Clinical Perspectives edited by Karian, Previn.

2016 Sheff, Elisabeth and Kieran, Rachel. “Distinguishing Between Intimate Partner Violence and BDSM/Kinky Sex in the Therapist’s Office and the Emergency Room” in Critical Dimensions of Sex & Gender Diversity: Clinical Perspectives edited by Karian, Previn. London: Harrington Park Press.

2015 Sheff, Elisabeth and Tesene, Megan. “Consensual Non-Monogamies in Industrialized Nations” in the Handbook of Sexualities edited by DeLamater, John and Plante, Rebecca. Pgs 223-242. New York: Springer.

2015 Sheff, Elisbeth. “Polyamorous Parenting” in The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies edited by Goldberg, Abbie. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

2015 Sheff, Elisabeth (Editor). Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families. Portland, OR: Thorntree Press.

2014 Sheff, Elisabeth. The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple Partner Relationships and Families. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

2014 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Not Necessarily Broken: Redefining Success when Polyamorous Relationships End” in Selves, Symbols and Sexualities: Contemporary Readings, edited by Newmahr, Staci and Weinberg, Thomas. Chapter 14, 201 – 214. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2013 Goldfeder, Mark and Sheff, Elisabeth. “Children in Polyamorous Families: A First Empirical Look,” The Journal of Law and Social Deviance. Volume 5, pages 150 – 243. http://www.lsd-journal.net/archives/Volume5/ChildrenOfPolyamorousFamilies.pdf

2013 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Why do Some People Feel Threatened by Others’ Sexual Orientations?” in 100 Subcultures: A Journey Through Diversity. Edited by Bigum, Pernile. Copenhagen, Denmark: CO+ Publishing.

2013 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Workplace Issues facing LGBTQIA Employees” in What’s the Difference: Embracing Diversity edited by Eastman, Linda. Pages 115-126. Prospect, KY: PWN Books.

2012 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Polyamory and Divorce” in Cultural Sociology of Divorce, an Encyclopedia, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2011 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Polyamorous Families, Same-sex Marriage, and the Slippery Slope” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40(5): 487 – 520.

2011 Sheff, Elisabeth and Hammers, Corie. “The Privilege of Perversities: Race, Class, and Education Among Polyamorists and Kinksters” Psychology & Sexuality 2(3): 198-223.

2010 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Strategies in Polyamorous Parenting” in (Eds.) Barker,
Meg and Langdridge, Darren, Understanding Non-monogamies. Pages 169 – 181. London: Routledge.

2008 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Polyamory” in Sex and Society. New York:
Marshall Cavendish.

2007 Sheff, Elisabeth. “The Reluctant Polyamorist: Auto-ethnographic
Research in a Sexualized Setting” in Stombler, M., Baunach, D., Burgess,
E., Donnelly, D., and Simonds, W. (Eds.) Sex Matters: The Sexuality and
Society Reader. Second Edition, Pgs. 111-118. New York: Pearson, Allyn,
and Bacon.

2006 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Poly-Hegemonic Masculinities” Sexualities, 9(5): 621-642.

2006 Sheff, Elisabeth. “A Short Primer on Polyamory” in Choices in
Relationships by David Knox and Caroline Schacht. Ninth Edition, Pgs. 94 – 95. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

2005 Nielsen, Joyce; Robyn Marschke, Elisabeth Sheff, and Patricia Rankin. ”Vital Variables, Feminist Consciousness, and Insider/Outsider Status in Interaction Research: Confessions from a Feminist Empiricist Project” SIGNS: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 31(1): 1-28.

2005 Sheff, Elisabeth. “Polyamorous Women, Sexual Subjectivity, and Power” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 34(3):251-283.

2009 Reprinted in Ferraro, Kathleen. Women’s Lives. New York: Prentice Hall

2006 Reprinted in White, Jacqueline. TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views in Gender, Third Edition. New York: McGraw Hill.

2003 Sheff, Elisabeth. Review of Voicing Chicana Feminisms: Young Women Speak Out on Sexuality and Identity in Gender and Society, 17(6): 958-960.

1999 Uman, Deborah and Elisabeth Sheff. “Feminist Politics in Action: Organizing the Feminist Symposium” Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources, 20(3):19.

Works in Progress

Sheff Consulting Group Writing Collective. Gender and Sexual Diversity in an Internet Era: Subcultures in the United States and the World Wide Web. Edited by Elisabeth Sheff for Rowman and Littlefield.

Sheff, Elisabeth. “Money, Sex, Power, and the Limits of Academic Freedom” for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Sheff, Elisabeth. “The Status of Children in (Some) Polyamorous Families” for the Journal of Family Issues.

Sheff, Elisabeth and Hammers, Corie. “Polyaffectivity and the Expansion of Chosen Kinship in Polyamorous and Leather Families” for the Journal of Marriage and Family

Grants and Awards

2013 LGBTQ Rights are Human Rights Campaign Competition, United States Human Rights Network and the Woodhull Alliance for Sexual Freedom, $1,800
2012 Erwin O. Smigel Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, $500
2008 Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Development Grant, Georgia State University, $2,000
2006 Sociology Department Research Support Award, Georgia State University, $1,000
2005 Research Initiation Grant for “Overlapping Sexual Identities” project, Georgia State University, $10,000
2004 Sociology Department Research Support Award, Georgia State University, $1,000
2004 First Place, Graduate Student Paper Competition, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Family Division
2003 Betsy Moen “Walk the Talk” Award for Feminist Research, Activism, and Teaching, University of Colorado, Feminist Scholars in Sociology
2002 First Place, Graduate Student Paper Competition, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Communities Division
1999 Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant Award, University of Colorado,
$630

Invited Conference Presentations

2015 The Status of Research on Non-monogamies, American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL
2015 How Did we Get Here?: Family Changes and the Future of (non and serial) Monogamy, Keynote address to InfinityCon, November, Atlanta GA
2014 Bisexuality and ‘Unicorn Hunting’ Among Polyamorists, Atlanta Poly Weekend, June, Atlanta, GA
2014 Polyamorous Families with Children, Eighth Bi-Annual Poly Living Conference, February, Philadelphia PA and Ninth Bi-Annual Poly Living Conference, April, Denver CO
2011 The Polyamorists Next Door: Understanding Multiple-Partner Relationships, Ninth Annual Suburban Studies Conference: Love Marriage, & the Family, Kennesaw State University, April, Kennesaw, GA
2010 The Policy Implications of Polyaffectivity, National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting, November, Minneapolis MN
2007 An Introduction to Polyamory: Definitions, Terminology, and Details, Society for Sex Therapy and Research Annual Meeting, March, Atlanta, GA

Conference Presentations

2014 The Polyamorists Next Door, Decatur Book Festival, August, Decatur, Georgia
2014 Distinguishing Between Intimate Partner Violence and BDSM, Georgia Psychological Association Annual Meeting, May, Athens, GA
2014 Polyamorous Parenting, Third Annual International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-monogamy, February, Berkeley CA
2013 Debunking the Legal Myths About Children in Polyamorous Families, the Woodhull Summit for Sexual Freedom, September, Washington DC
2013 Kids in Poly Families, DragonCon Skeptic Track, August, Atlanta GA
2013 Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round, DragonCon Science Track, August, Atlanta GA
2013 What Professionals Need to Know About Kinky People: Understanding People in BDSM Relationships, DragonCon Science Track, August, Atlanta GA
2013 The Polyamorists Next Door, DragonCon Science Track, August, Atlanta GA
2013 What your Kids in Poly Families REALLY Think, Frolicon Think Track, March, Atlanta GA
2013 Dangers and Joys of Unicorn Hunting, Frolicon Think Track, March, Atlanta GA
2013 Freaky in Academia: Being Queer in the University, Frolicon Think Track, March, Atlanta GA
2013 Family Matters with Ricci Levy from the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, Atlanta Poly Weekend, March, Atlanta GA
2013 Results of the Polyamorous Family Study, Atlanta Poly Weekend, March, Atlanta GA
2013 Polyamorous Families with Children, International Academic Polyamory Conference, February, Berkeley, CA
2012 How Slippery is the Slope Between Same-Sex Marriage and Polyamory?, DragonCon Skeptic Track, August, Atlanta GA
2012 A Scientific Study of Polyamory: Results of a 15-year Study, DragonCon Science Track, August, Atlanta GA
2012 Child Protective Services and Children of Sexual Minorities, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Denver, CO
2012 The State of Children in Polyamorous Families, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May, Philadelphia, PA
2012 An Overview of Polyamorous Families: Fifteen Years Later, Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March, New Orleans, LA
2011 Using Feminist Research Methods to Study Sexual Minorities, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, November, Atlanta, GA
2011 Bisexual Desire and the Unicorn: Polyamorists and Sexual Agency, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Las Vegas, NV
2010 Navigating IRB Regulations in Sexuality Research, Society for the Study
of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Atlanta, GA
2010 If Single Parenthood is such a Problem, Why Object to Multiple Parents?,
Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August,
Atlanta, GA
2010 Success on the Academic Job Market, Southern Sociological Association
Annual Meeting, April, Atlanta, GA
2010 Ethnographic Fieldwork in a Sexualized Setting, Southern Sociological
Association Annual Meeting, April, Atlanta, GA
2009 Strategies in Polyamorous Parenting, Society for the Study of Social
Problems Annual Meeting, August, San Francisco, CA
2008 The Politics of Visibility: Sexual Minorities, Sexual Spaces, Society for
the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Boston, MA
2007 Polyamorous Parenting, Society for the Scientific Study of
Sexuality Annual Meeting, November, Indianapolis, Indiana
2007 Kink Identities in the United States, Society for the Scientific Study of
Sexuality Annual Meeting, November, Indianapolis, Indiana
2006 Boundaries of Kink Identities Post Internet Revolution, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Montreal, Canada
2006 Polyamorists Queering Nontraditional Families, Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March, New Orleans, LA
2005 Sex-Positive Pedagogy: Establishing a Sex-Positive Departmental Environment and Researching Sexuality at Georgia State University, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Eastern/Midcontinent Annual Meeting, November, Atlanta, GA
2005 Super Studs and Girlie Men: Spectrums of Polyamorous Masculinities, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Having Children in Graduate School and Beyond, Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April, Charlotte, NC
2003 Have Your Jake and Edith, Too: Bisexual Polyamorous Women and Desire, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Atlanta, GA
2003 Queer Theory, Postmodernity, and Polyamorous Identity, Evaluation and Ethnography Contemporary Research Forum, July, Boulder, CO
2003 Polyamorous Community Lingo: Symbolic Interactionist View of Evolving Language, Sociology in Progress, March, Boulder, CO
2002 Unruly Women, American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting, August, Chicago, IL
2002 Implications of Online Community for Polyamorous Practitioners, American Sociological Association, August, Chicago, IL
2002 The Changing Family in the United States, Symposium on Current Issues at the United Methodist Church, May, Boulder, CO
2001 Ethical Sluts: Polyamorous Women and Feminist Sexual Agency, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Annual Meeting, August, Anaheim, CA
2001 Postmodern Polyamorous Families, American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting, August, Anaheim, CA
1999 Bisexual Identity, Interdisciplinary Feminist Symposium, Annual Meeting, January, Boulder, CO
1999 Growing Up Gay, Simulation learning exercise, Diversity Forum, January, Boulder, CO
1998 In Defense of Same Sex Marriage, Interdisciplinary Feminist Symposium, Annual Meeting, February, Boulder, CO

Select Popular Press Interviews

Film

2014 Appearance in Why Knot? http://whyknotmovie.com/
2011 Appearance in BDSM: Education and Experience
2011 Consultation for Transgender Lives (documentary in production)

Podcasts and Live Webcasts
2014 HuffPost Live “No Communication, No Open Relationship” Live Telecast with host Josh Zepps, http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/trying-an-open-relationship/53ac8d0178c90a0767000162
2014 The Sex Geeks ask about Atlanta Poly Weekend, May 15, 2014. http://sexgeeks.podbean.com/e/sexology-spotlight-atlanta-poly-weekend/
2014 io9 Live Webcast Ask An Expert About Polyamory, Marriage, and Families. http://io9.com/ask-a-sociologist-about-polyamory-marriage-and-famili-1564221488
2014 The Sex Geeks ask about research on polyamory, February 18, 2014. http://sexgeeks.podbean.com/2014/02/18/sexology-spotlight-polyamorous-families/
2014 Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino, January 17, 2014 http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75333/dr-eli-sheff-an-anita-wagner-illig-on-polyamory-nonmonogamy-and-the-current-reality-of-relationships
2013 Sex with Timaree with Dr. Timaree Schmidt, October 8, 2013 http://sexwithtimaree.com/
2013 Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino, March 3, 2013 http://tristantaormino.com/2013/03/05/mar-8-nan-kinney-on-real-lesbian-movies-dr-eli-sheff-on-polyamory-and-families/
2012 The Trash Talk Show with Barb Tobias, September 27, 2012, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thetrashtalkshow/2012/09/27/welcome-elisabeth-sheff-phd
2010 Polyamory Weekly, “Poly Families: New Sociological Research,” http://polyweekly.com/?s=sociology+of+poly+families
2009 How Stuff Works, “Stuff Mom Never Told You”
http://www.howstuffworks.com/search.php?terms=stuff+mom+never+told+you+

Print

Domestic
2014 The Atlantic, “Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy,” July 21, Olga Khazan. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/07/multiple-lovers-no-jealousy/374697/
2013 The Washingtonian, “Married but Not Exclusive” August, Vol.8, No. 11, Brooke
Lea Foster
2010 The Boston Globe, “Love’s New Frontier” January 23, 2010, Sandra Miller
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2010/01/03/loves_new_frontier/
2009 Newsweek, “Only You. And You. And You.” July 29, 2009, Jessica Bennet http://www.newsweek.com/2009/07/28/only-you-and-you-and-you.html

International
2011 Sunday London Times
2010 Mente e Cervello (the Italian edition of Scientific American),
2010 Elle magazine in Quebec
2008 Semana, Columbia

Online News and Magazines

2014 Huffington Post, “Who are the Polyamorists Next Door?” by Arin Greenwood, March 5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/elisabeth-sheff-polyamory_n_4898961.html?1394034298
2013 CNN.com, “Polyamory: When Three is not a Crowd” by Emmannuella Grinberg, October 26. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/26/living/relationships-polyamory/index.html?hpt=hp_c3
2013 livescience, “New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May be Good For You” by Stephanie Pappas, February 14. http://www.livescience.com/27129-polyamory-good-relationships.html?goback=%2Egde_1793414_member_21
2010 Momlogic.com, “It’s Not Swinging if You’re Committed!” by Ronda Kaysen, February 9. http://www.momlogic.com/2010/02/swinging_for_the_committed_set_polyamorous.php
2010 Seattle Met, “More to Love, and Much More Time Spent on Communication” by Kathryn Robinson, June 15. http://www.seattlemet.com/issues/archives/articles/polyamory-elisabeth-sheff-0610/1/

Radio

2014 You and Me, Plus Three, Break Through Radio, Host Lisa Autz, June 6, http://breakthruradio.com/#/post/?blog=72&post=37821#.U5ILCqo05t0.wordpress
2013 Central Time, Wisconsin Public Radio, 4:30PM, November 18, 2013 http://www.wpr.org/polyamorists-next-door
2012 The Women’s Radio Network http://www.krcn1060.com/
2011 National Public Radio program Youth Radio for an episode entitled “Families like Ours,” airing Fall 2011
2009 Radio Slovenia interview February 11, 2009

Television

2014 Appearance, Sunrise morning show, Sydney, Australia, “Me, My Husband, and My Lover” https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/22603755/me-my-husband-and-my-lover/
2012 Appearance, The Ricki Lake Show episode “Let’s Talk About Sex”
2011 Appearance, National Geographic television series Taboo episode entitled “Odd Couples” (aired on January 17, 2012, episode 8)
2010 Background information for the Discovery Channel’s I’m Pregnant And…,
2009 Background information for the Canadian National Television series The Bigger Picture
2006 Appearance, Why are Women Marrying Later?, CNN

Professional Service

Organizations Sheff Founded

2014 Atlanta Social Science Tavern
2012 Sheff Consulting Group
2006 PolyResearchers

Established Organizations

2015 Session Organizer, American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting
2014 Editorial Board, Electronic Journal of Human Sexualities
2014 External Reviewer, New York University Press
2012–2016 Director, Family Matters Project, Woodhull Alliance for Sexual Freedom
2011-2016 Court Appointed Special Advocate, Fulton County, Georgia
2011-2013 Member, Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2012 Volunteer, Workplace Summit, Out and Equal, October, Baltimore MD
2012 Volunteer, Creating Change Conference, National Gay and Lesbian Task
Force, September, Atlanta GA
2011 External Reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
2011 External Reviewer, Sexualities
2011 Panel Organizer, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Family and
Research Divisions
2011 Mentor to two graduate students, Society for the Study of Social Problems Mentoring Program for the Annual Meeting, August, Las Vegas, NV
2010 External Reviewer, Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality
2009 Panel Organizer, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Family
Division
2008-2010 Chair, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Sexual Behavior, Politics
and Communities Division
2009 External Reviewer, Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality
2008 Chair, Society for the Study of Social Problems Outstanding Student
Paper Competition Committee, Sexual Behavior, Politics and
Communities Division
2008 – 2009 Local Arrangements Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society
Winter meeting, Savannah, Georgia, February 2009
2008 Panel Organizer, Current Research in Polyamory, Society for the
Scientific Study of Sexuality, Western Regional Meeting, March, San
Diego, CA
2007 Membership Committee, Southern Sociological Society
2007 Membership Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society
2007 External Reviewer, Temple University Press
2007 External Reviewer, Sage Publications/Pine Forge Press
2007 Co-chair, Fundraising Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society
2007 Panel Organizer, The View From the End: Experienced Graduate Students and What They Wish They Had Known When They Started Grad School, Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March, Atlanta, GA
2007 Panel Organizer, Sociology of the (Sexed and Gendered) Body. Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March, Atlanta, GA
2006 Committee Member, Student Paper Competition for the Sexual Behavior, Politics, and Communities Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2006 HAND mentor program coordinator, Sociologists for Women in Society
2006 Membership committee regional coordinator, Sociologists for Women in Society
2006 External Reviewer, Journal of Sex Roles
2006 External Reviewer, Temple University Press
2006 External Reviewer, Signs Journal
2006 Discussant and Presider, Risky Professions: Politics of being “Sexed” in Academia, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Montreal, Canada
2006 Panel Organizer, Queer and Beyond: Families in the New Millennium, Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, March, New Orleans, LA
2005 Panel Organizer, Creating a Sex-Positive Academic and Research Environment at Georgia State University, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Meeting, October, Atlanta, GA
2005 External Reviewer, Roxbury Publishing.
2005 Panel Discussant and Presider, Exploring Sexualities, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Panel Organizer, Alternative/Non-Normative Families, Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, April 2005, Portland, OR
2002 Discussant and Presider, New Directions in Sociology Roundtable, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August, Chicago, IL
2001–2003 External Reviewer, Harper and Row

Academic Service

2011 – 2012 Chair of the Sex and Gender Concentration Qualifying Exam Committee, member Technology Committee, Colloquium Committee, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University; Graduate Committee, WEAVE Evaluation Committee, and Comprehensive Exam Committee, Women’s Studies Institute, Georgia State University
2010 – 2011 Colloquium Committee, Executive Committee, Community Outreach Committee, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University; Executive Committee, Graduate Committee, and Comprehensive Exam Committee, Women’s Studies Institute, Georgia State University
2009 – 2010 Colloquium Committee, Executive Committee, Community Outreach Committee, Department of Sociology, Georgia State University
2008 – 2009 Executive Committee, Graduate Committee, and Chair Evaluation Committee, Women’s Studies Institute, Georgia State University
2008 – 2009 Undergraduate Committee, Research Committee, and Colloquium Committees, Sociology Department, Georgia State University
2007-2008 Executive Committee, Graduate Committee, and Research Committees, Sociology Department, Georgia State University
2006 Family and Lifecourse Concentration Area Self Study, Sociology Department, Georgia State University
2006-2007 Teaching Committee, Sociopath Committee, Diversity Committee, Sociology Department, Georgia State University
2002-2003 Advisory Board Member, Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion, University of Colorado
1999-2002 Advisory Board Member, Women’s Resource Center, University of Colorado
1999-2000 Organizer, Department of Sociology Diversity Committee, University of Colorado
1999-2000 President, Interdisciplinary Feminist Symposium Committee, University of Colorado
1997-1999 Organizer, Interdisciplinary Feminist Symposium, University of Colorado
1992-1995 Board Member, Women’s Resource Center, California State University, Sonoma
1993-1994 President, Sonoma Earth Action, California State University, Sonoma

Select Research Experience

• (2014) Optimal Aging in Diverse Relationships. A three-part study with Co-PI with Tracey Gendron (Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University), we are designing a survey and interview protocols examining health, life satisfaction, and social support among non-monogamists living in the United States including adulterers/cheaters, polyamorists, polygamists, swingers, and others with multiple partners. Pending the outcome of our application for a grant, we hope to purchase a question about
• (2014) General Social Survey Proposal. In collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, I am proposing a question on the prevalence of non-monogamy and/or module on attitudes towards various forms of no-monogamy for the 2016 General Social Survey call for proposals for unfunded questions.
• (2006 – 2013) Families of Polyamorists with Children. Longitudinal ethnographic and internet study of people who identify as polyamorous and are parents. This study examines polyamorous families’ relational structures, stability or continuity, parenting practices, perceived impact on children, division of household and parental labor, and interactions with extended and/or biolegal families.
• (2005 – 2006) Are you Kinky? This pilot study originally attempted to test an Internet questionnaire related to people who identify as kinky. The pilot study indicated that the questionnaire was an inappropriate tool for such a complex subject and the second portion of the study focused on to refining an interview template. This study is temporarily halted while I wait to receive notification from a granting agency regarding receipt of a grant to fund the research.
• (June 2003 – December 2003) Bureau of Science Initiatives and Ethnography and Evaluation Research. Interviewed alumni of science program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Created code book and coded open-ended responses to undergraduate and advisor surveys.
• (December 2002 – December 2003) National Science Foundation Advance Grant and University of Colorado, Boulder. Assisted the Leadership Education Advancement and Promotion (LEAP) project by collecting data on pay equity, writing and distributing climate survey, annotating bibliographies, and writing reports detailing our findings.
• (June 1997 – December 1998) National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of Colorado, Boulder. Assisted a pilot study in which I interviewed utility customers regarding grid-tied rooftop photovoltaic systems, designed the code-book, and coded the interviews. We then created and distributed a questionnaire, and I managed the resulting data.
• (1996 – 2005) Dissertation of Polyamorous Subcultures in the United States. Seven years of participant observation, in-depth interviews, documentary analysis, and data analysis for my dissertation research.

Affiliations

2012 – 2014 American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
1996 – 2011 American Sociological Association (ASA)
2006 – 2014 Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative
Sexualities (CARAS)
2006 – 2014 PolyResearchers
2005 – 2012 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
2001 – 2012 Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
2001 – 2012 Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)
2012 – 2014 Woodhull Alliance for Sexual Freedom
2004 – 2012 Women’s Studies Institute (WSI), Georgia State University

References

Letters of Recommendation

Dr. Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio
Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Program Design Team, Department of Humanities
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
PO Box 1941
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00681
(787)255-1175
serena.anderlini@gmail.com
http://www.serenagaia.com

Dr. Rachel Kieran
Agnes Scott College, Department of Psychology
Kennesaw State University, Department of Psychology
Private Practice
(404)695-1100
rkieranpsyd@gmail.com
http://www.rkieranpsyd.com/

Dr. Sally Lehr
Emory University
Clinical Associate Professor
Woodruff School of Nursing
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404)727-1639
slehr@emory.edu

Additional References

Dr. Patricia Adler
Professor Emerita
University of Colorado
Department of Sociology
Boulder, CO 80309
Adler@colorado.edu

Ricci Joy Levy
Executive Director
The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance
4401-A Connecticut Ave., NW #300
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 610.212.5555
ricci@woodhullalliance.org
http://www.woodhullalliance.org

Dr. Donald Reitzes
Associate Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Georgia State University
38 Peachtree Center Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
dreitzes@gsu.edu
http://cas.gsu.edu/profile/donald-reitzes/

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