Elizabeth Searing

Primary research focus is in nonprofit and social enterprise ecology, public and nonprofit financial management

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Elizabeth Searing

Assistant Professor
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Public Administration and Policy

Nonprofits; social enterprise; financial management

Campus phone: (518) 442-2621
Campus email: esearing@albany.edu


Searing is an assistant professor of public administration and policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Her primary research focus is in nonprofit and social enterprise ecology, but she also conducts work in financial management, evidence-based policy, the role of social and psychological factors in economic development and policy effectiveness, and applied ethics for the social sciences.

Her articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Social Science & Medicine. Searing teaches Issues in Nonprofit Management and Public and Nonprofit Financial Management.

Searing is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Nonprofit Policy, Practice & Partnerships Section of the American Society for Public Administration, in addition to a member of the Steering Committee for the Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Section of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. She is also a founding member of the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models Project headed by the EMES Social Enterprise Network, which seeks to classify and compare different organizational means of achieving social good worldwide.

Dr. Searing earned her Ph.D. in public policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also earned a master's degree in economics.