Dr. Elizabethe C. Payne is Founder and Director of QuERI. QuERI is housed in the LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center at Roosevelt House, Hunter College, CUNY, where Dr. Payne serves as Interim Director through June 2018. Prior to coming to Hunter College, she was Clinical Associate Professor in the Syracuse University School of Education and in the LGBT Studies program from 2005-2014. As a sociologist of education, she specializes in qualitative research methodology, critical theory, youth culture, queer girlhoods, and LGBTQ issues in education. Her current research addresses LGBTQ bullying, education professionals’ experiences working with transgender elementary school students, LGBTQ professional development for educators, sex education curricula, and adolescent lesbian/queer girls’ experiences with the gender binary. Dr. Payne served on the New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Task Force. DASA is the New York State student anti-harassment law, which went into effect July, 2012. She is now serving on the newly reconvened New York State Department of Education Dignity for All Students Task Force II. She has worked with the US Department of Justice on the application of Title IX to LGBT student harassment cases and in the settlement and resolution processes with school districts. She was a high school English teacher in Houston, Texas before returning to graduate school.