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, as well as the director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development.

Her primary research focus is the financial management of nonprofit and social enterprise organizations, and she conducts work on comparative social economy, the role of social and psychological factors in economic development and policy effectiveness, and applied ethics for the social sciences.

Searing, a Faculty Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, has had her work published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Social Science & Medicine.

The co-founder of the Nonprofit Finance and Financial Management Common Interest Group, Searing is also a current member of the Executive Committee for the Nonprofit Policy, Practice & Partnerships Section of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). She is one of the founding members of the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project, and a former member of the Steering Committee for the Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Section (SEES).

Dr. Searing earned her Ph.D. in public policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, G.A., where she also earned a master's degree in economics. She earned her B.A. from Texas A&M University, majoring in economics with a minor in business administration.