Specialization: Nonprofits & Social Enterprise
Dr. Elizabeth Searing is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY). Dr. Searing’s primary research focus is the financial management of nonprofit and social enterprise organizations, but she also 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. Her articles have been 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. Prof. Searing is also an editor of two books: Practicing Professional Ethics in Economics and Public Policy (with D. Searing) and The Social Enterprise Zoo: A Guide to Perplexed Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Investors and Policymakers (with D. Young and C. Brewer). At Rockefeller College, Professor Searing teaches or has taught Foundations of Nonprofit Management (PAD 613), Nonprofit Financial Management (PAD 640), Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (PAD 501), Professional Applications I (PAD 507), and Career Capstone Experience (PAD 509).
Dr. Searing is also the Director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development, and she is a Faculty Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. She is also a co-founder of the Nonprofit Finance and Financial Management Common Interest Group and a former member of the Steering Committee for the Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Section (SEES); both groups represent fields of practice and research within the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). She is also currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Nonprofit Policy, Practice & Partnerships Section of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), in addition to being a founding member of the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) 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. She earned her B.A. from Texas A&M University, majoring in Economics with a minor in Business Administration.