Dr. Susan Appe's research focuses on government-nonprofit relations and the dimensions and evolution of the nonprofit sector in both developed and developing countries. Currently she is examining how government policy influences and shapes civil society and nonprofit organizations and their work in social development; and how and why nonprofit organizations form national-level networks and their implications. In addition, Dr. Appe researches the challenges and opportunities in nonprofit management education, particularly in the context of Latin America, and she is also studying the development of international service learning in public affairs education. She has published articles related to government-nonprofit relations and collaborative governance and has taught several courses in arts management, public administration, and public policy. She has been awarded several research fellowships that include a Fulbright in Colombia in 2006, a Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin's RGK Center on Philanthropy and Community Service in 2010, and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship in Ecuador in 2010. From 2007-2009, Susan conducted research for the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the University at Albany, SUNY and was a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development in Albany, NY in 2009-2010. She also served as a Visiting Researcher at the Andean University in Quito, Ecuador in 2010. Professor Appe was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant for 2015-2016 and hosted by Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. She received her PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY.
- PhD in Public Administration and Policy. Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, SUNY
- Master in Public Administration (MPA), Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. University at Albany, SUNY
- Master of Art in Arts Management/Graduate Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management, University of Oregon
- Bachelors of Art in Fine Arts/Art, Saint Michael's College.
Recent Courses as Instructor
- PAFF 521 - Foundations of Public Service
- PAFF 551 - Introduction to Management and Leadership In Nonprofit Organizations
- PAFF 552 - Issues in Nonprofit Administration
- PAFF 555 / LACS 480C/580C - Introduction to International Nongovernmental Organizations
- PAFF 523 - Introduction to Policy Analysis
- PAFF 564 / CCPA 464 - Sustainability in an Era of Globalization: Local Development in the Andes
Current Research Interests
- Government-nonprofit relations
- Evolution and dynamics of the nonprofit sector
- Civil society and development
- Policy design and analysis
- Nonprofits and (self-)regulation
- International service-learning
Appe, S. & Barragán, D. (Forthcoming). Policy windows for CSOs in Latin America: Looking outside the standard legal and regulatory environments. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. doi: 10.1007/s11266-015- 9666-z
Appe, S. (2016). Shifting the development discourse: A narrative of a civil society network in Ecuador. The Journal of International Development, 28(5), 666–682. doi: 10.1002/jid.3231
Appe, S. & Layton, M. D. (2016). Government and the nonprofit sector in Latin America. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 7(2), 117–135. doi: 10.1515/npf-2014- 0028
Appe, S., Rubaii, N., & Stamp, K. (2016). Advancing global cultural competencies: International service learning within NASPAA member programs. Journal of Public Affairs Education. 22(1), 67–90.
Appe, S. (2016). NGO networks, the diffusion and adaptation of NGO managerialism, and NGO legitimacy in Latin America. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(1), 187-208. doi:10.1007/s11266-015- 9495-y
Appe, S., Rubaii, N., & Stamp, K. (2015). International service learning in public and nonprofit management education: reflections from multiple stakeholders and lessons learned. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 6(1), 3-24. (Lead Article)
Appe, S. (2015). Is NGO education matching up to the demand? The case of Ecuador. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 5(4), 244-260.
Appe, S. (2015). A civil society network's response to regulatory policy in post-neoliberal Ecuador. Community Development Journal, 50(4), 693-708. doi:10.1093/cdj/bsu069
Appe, S. (2015). Government mapping of the third sector: A government innovation for regulation and coordination? Perspectives from the third sector. International Journal of Public Administration, 38(10), 724-733. doi:10.1080/01900692.2014.956896
Rubaii, N., Appe, S., & Stamp, K. (2015). Are we getting them out of the country? The state of study-abroad opportunities within NASPAA-Member programs. Journal of Public Affairs Education. 21(2), 179–198.
Jackson, S. K., Guerrero, S., & Appe, S. (2014). The state of nonprofit and philanthropic studies doctoral education. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43(5), 795-811. doi:10.1177/0899764014549056
Appe, S. (2013). Deconstructing civil society "maps". Administrative Theory & Praxis, 35(1), 63-80. doi:10.2753/ATP1084-1806350105
Appe, S. & Barragán, D. (2013). Strategies outside the formal classroom: Nonprofit management education in transparency and accountability. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19(4), 591-614. (Lead Article).
Other Professional Activities
- Zoning Board of Appeals Member, City of Binghamton, 2013 – present. Vice Chair. (Mayor appointed).
- Board of Directors Member, Broome County Arts Council, Binghamton, NY. Vice President. 2013 - present.
- Advisory Committee, Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). 2014 - present.
- Leadership Committee, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) of the Southern Tier, New York Affiliated Group of the National Peace Corps Association. 2015 - present.