Elizabethe C. Payne

Director, Queering Education Research Institute© (QuERI)

Elizabethe C. Payne, Ph.D., is Director of the Queering Education Research Institute© (QuERI) and Distinguished Lecturer Hunter College, CUNY. QuERI is housed in the LGBT Social Science & Public Policy Center, Roosevelt House, at Hunter College where she also serves as Interim Director. Dr. Payne is a sociologist of education specializing in LGBTQ issues in education. Her current research explores education professionals’ responses to transgender elementary school students, LGBTQ professional development for educators, heteronormativity in 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, the DASA State Policy Group, and the New York State School Professional Certification Committee on Diversity. DASA is the New York State student anti-harassment law which went into effect July, 2012. She was Associate Professor, part-time, at Syracuse University in the School of Education and the LGBT Studies Program from 2005-2014. Prior to returning to graduate school for her doctoral work, she was a high school English teacher in Houston, Texas. Information about QuERI is available at