Susan Appe

Susan Appe

Assistant Professor
(607) 777-9182
University Downtown Center, Room 341
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Appe's research focuses on government-nonprofit relations and the dimensions and evolution of the nonprofit sector in both developed and developing countries. Currently she is examining how government policy influences and shapes civil society and nonprofit organizations and their work in social development; how and why nonprofit organizations form national-level networks and their implications. In addition, Dr. Appe researches the challenges and opportunities in nonprofit management education, particularly in the context of Latin America, and she is also studying the development of international service learning in public affairs education. She has published articles related to government-nonprofit relations and collaborative governance and has taught several courses in arts management, public administration, and public policy. She has been awarded several research fellowships that include a Fulbright in Colombia in 2006, a Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin's RGK Center on Philanthropy and Community Service in 2010, and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship in Ecuador in 2010. From 2007-2009, Susan conducted research for the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the University at Albany, SUNY and was a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development in Albany, NY in 2009-2010. She also served as a Visiting Researcher at the Andean University in Quito, Ecuador in 2010. Appe 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.

Professor Appe was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant for 2015-2016 and will be hosted by Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, she will examine civil society networks as key instruments used by NGOs to shape the sector in Ecuador and Latin America more generally. In this research, she explores the responsibility networks have assumed to meet the demands for organizational and sector-level capacity building. In addition, she is developing NGO management curricular content for the Ecuadorian context with Ecuadorian colleagues.

Educational Background

  • PhD in Public Administration and Policy. Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. University at Albany, SUNY
  • Master of Art in Arts Management/Graduate Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management, University of Oregon
  • Bachelors of Art in Fine Arts/Art, Saint Michael's College.

Recent Courses as Instructor

  • Foundations of Public Service
  • Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • Issues in Nonprofit Administration
  • Introduction to Management and Leadership In Nonprofit Organizations
  • Local Development in the Andes
  • Introduction to Nongovernmental Organizations

Current Research Interests

  • Government-nonprofit relations
  • Evolution and dynamics of the nonprofit sector
  • Civil society and development
  • Policy design and analysis
  • Nonprofits and (self-)regulation
  • International service-learning

Selected Publications

Appe, S. (Forthcoming). Shifting the Development Discourse: A Narrative of a Civil Society Network in Ecuador. The Journal of International Development.

Appe, S. & Barragán, D. (Forthcoming). Policy Windows for CSOs in Latin America: Looking Outside the Standard Legal and Regulatory Environments. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. doi: 10.1007/s11266-015-9666-z

Appe, S., Rubaii, N., & Stamp, K. (2016). Advancing global cultural competencies: International service learning within NASPAA member programs. Journal of Public Affairs Education. 22(1), 67–90.

Appe, S. (2016). NGO networks, the diffusion and adaptation of NGO managerialism, and NGO legitimacy in Latin America. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(1), 187-208. doi:10.1007/s11266-015-9495-y

Appe, S., Rubaii, N., & Stamp, K. (2015). International service learning in public and nonprofit management education: reflections from multiple stakeholders and lessons learned. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 6(1), 3-24. (Lead Article)

Appe, S. (2015). Is NGO education matching up to the demand? The case of Ecuador. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 5(4), 244-260.

Appe, S. (2015). A civil society network's response to regulatory policy in post-neoliberal Ecuador. Community Development Journal, 50(4), 693-708. doi:10.1093/cdj/bsu069

Appe, S. & Layton, M. D. (2015). Government and the nonprofit sector in Latin America. Nonprofit Policy Forum Advanced Online Publication, 1-19. doi:10.1515/npf-2014-0028

Appe, S. (2015).Government mapping of the third sector: A government innovation for regulation and coordination? Perspectives from the third sector. International Journal of Public Administration, 38(10), 724-733. doi:10.1080/01900692.2014.956896

Rubaii, N., Appe, S., & Stamp, K. (2015). Are we getting them out of the country? The state of study-abroad opportunities within NASPAA-Member programs. Journal of Public Affairs Education. 21(2), 179–198.

Jackson, S. K., Guerrero, S., & Appe, S. (2014). The state of nonprofit and philanthropic studies doctoral education. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43(5), 795-811. doi:10.1177/0899764014549056

Appe, S. (2013). Deconstructing civil society "maps". Administrative Theory & Praxis, 35(1), 63-80. doi:10.2753/ATP1084-1806350105

Appe, S. & Barragan, D. (2013). Strategies outside the formal classroom: Nonprofit management education in transparency and accountability. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19(4), 591-614. (Lead Article).

Appe, S. (2012). What about who is mapping and its implications? Comments on Brent Never’s “The case for better maps of social service provision”. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 23(1), 204-212. doi:10.1007/s11266-011-9189-1

Appe, S. (2011). Civil society mappings by government: A comparison of Ecuadorian and Colombian cases. Journal of Civil Society, 7(2), 157-178. doi:10.1080/17448689.2011.573668

Appe, S. (2010). Toward culturally democratic citizens: Nongovernmental organizations and the state. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 21(1), 3-21. doi:10.1007/s11266-009-9100-5 (Lead Article).

Other Professional Activities

  • International Committee Member, Studies of Management – International Journal of Administration (Estudios de la Gestión – Revista Internacional de la Administración), Department of Management. Andean University "Simón Bolívar," Quito, Ecuador. 2013 - present.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Member, City of Binghamton, 2013 – present. (Mayor appointed).
  • Board of Directors Member, Broome County Arts Council, Binghamton, NY. 2013 - present.
  • The Community Food Bus Project Advisory Committee, Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW). 2014 - present.

Last Updated: 7/27/16