Susan Appe


Assistant Professor

Office: (607) 777-9182
Office Location: University Downtown Center, Room 341

Susan Appe's (Assistant Professor of Public Administration) 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 in Latin America. 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 2010-2011. Appe 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.

Educational Background

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.

Teaching: Courses most recently taught

Foundations of Public Service
Policy Analysis
Issues in Nonprofit Administration
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

Recent Publications

Forthcoming: Appe, S. & Barragán, D. (2013). "Strategies Outside the Formal Classroom: Nonprofit Management Education in Transparency and Accountability. The Case of Ecuador." Journal of Public Affairs Education. 19(4), 591-614. (Lead Article)

Appe, S. (2013). "Deconstructing Civil Society 'Maps': The Case of Ecuador." Administrative Theory and Praxis. 35(1), 63-80.

Appe, S. (2012). What about Who is Mapping and Its Implications? Comments on Brent Never's 'The Case for Better Maps of Social Service Provision.' VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 23(1), 204-212.

Appe, S. (2011). Civil Society Mappings by Government: A Comparison of Ecuadorian and Colombian Cases. Journal of Civil Society. 7(2), 157-178.

Appe, S. (2011). Interview: Civil Society Organizations Respond to Government Regulations in Ecuador. The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law. 13(3), 27-32.

Appe, S. & Saidel, J. (2010). Collaboration for Civic Change: Connecting High-Tech Growth and Community Well-Being. Award-winning teaching case in collaborative governance. Peer-reviewed and published by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (E-PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Public Policy at

Appe, S. (2010). Towards Culturally Democratic Citizens: Nongovernmental Organizations and the State. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 21(1), 3-21. (Lead Article)

Appe, S. (2010). A Trellis for Nonprofits? The Growth of Civil Society Registries. Working Paper for the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.

Last Updated: 7/24/14