Specializations: Nonprofits/NGOs, Philanthropy, International Development
Susan Appe's research focuses on government-nonprofit relations and the dimensions and evolution of the nonprofit sector. She examines how government policy influences and shapes civil society and nonprofit organizations; how and why nonprofit organizations form networks and their implications; and the relationship between organized civil society, foreign aid and development. She is currently examining the expanding role of private philanthropy in international development. In addition, Dr. Appe researches the challenges and opportunities in nonprofit management education, particularly in the context of Latin America, and the internationalization of public affairs education. She has published articles related to government-nonprofit relations, collaborative governance and foreign aid provision across public administration and development studies journals including VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Nonprofit Policy Forum, Administration & Society, Public Administration and Development, Development in Practice, and the Journal of International Development, among others. She presents her work at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Dr. Appe has taught courses in nonprofit management, philanthropy, public management, and public policy. She is regularly invited to guest lecture and has held Visiting Professor appointments at universities in Latin America and Africa. In 2018, Dr. Appe was recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the State University of New York system.
Professor Appe was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant and hosted by Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador in 2015 and 2016. She has been awarded several other research fellowships and awards that include most recently a Fulbright Specialist award in Colombia in 2017.
Dr. Appe serves as co-editor-in-chief of VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations and on the Executive Council of the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE). She has served several times on the Academic Committee for the International Society for Third-Sector Research’s (ISTR) biannual and regional conferences, was elected as an ISTR Board Member in 2019 and serves as the association’s Secretary. She is an active member in the Non-profit Management Education Section Executive Council for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Dr. Appe has a BA from Saint Michael’s College and a MA in Arts Management from the University of Oregon. 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.