Susan Appe

Susan Appe, PhD

Assistant Professor
Specialization: Nonprofit/NGO Organizations

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About Professor Appe

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 national-level networks and their implications; and the relationship between organized civil society, foreign aid and 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 Policy Forum, 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). 

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 that include most recently a Fulbright Specialist award in Colombia in 2017, as well as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2010 in Ecuador, Fellowship at the RGK Center on Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and a Fulbright award for study in Colombia in 2006.

Dr. Appe has taught courses in nonprofit management, philanthropy, public management, and public policy. She is regularly invited to guest lecture at universities around the world including Los Andes University, National University, Javeriana University, and EAFIT in Colombia; Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Ecuador; Yerevan State University in Armenia; and Strathmore University in Kenya. In 2018, Dr. Appe was recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the State University of New York system.

Dr. Appe serves on the editorial board 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, and was a member on the Non-profit Management Education Section Executive Council and co-chaired its Task Force on Nonprofit Competencies for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) from 2014-2016.

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.