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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; how and why nonprofit organizations form national-level networks and their implications; and the relationship between civil society, foreign aid and development. In addition, Appe researches the challenges and opportunities in nonprofit management education, particularly in the context of Latin America, and studies the development of international service learning in public affairs education. She has published articles related to government-nonprofit relations, collaborative governance and foreign aid and has taught courses in nonprofit management, philanthropy, public administration, and public policy.

In 2015, Professor Appe was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant and hosted by Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. She has been awarded several other 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 2010 in Ecuador. From 2007-2009, Professor Appe 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 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.


  • MPA, PhD, State University of New York at Albany
  • MA, University of Oregon
  • BA, Saint Michael’s College

Research Interests

  • Government and nonprofit relations
  • Evolution and dynamics of the nonprofit sector
  • Policy design and analysis
  • International service learning
  • Civil society and development

Research Profile