Elizabeth Searing, Ph.D.


State University of New York at Albany

Phone: 5184422621

Address: 306 Milne Hall, 135 Western Avenue

City: Albany, New York - 12222

Country: United States

About Me:

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); she is also the former Director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development and current Steering Committee member. 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, 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). She has taught classes on the nonprofit sector (undergraduate and graduate), financial management (graduate), program evaluation (graduate), and microeconomics (undergraduate), in addition to having work experience in all three sectors.

Research Interests



Public Administration


Public Policy

Nonprofit Management

Financial Management

Non-governmental Organizations

Social Economy

Social Enterprise

Organizational Ecology

Behavioral Public Administration

International Development Ethics

Behavioural Public Policy

Public Finance

Countries of Interest

United States


United Kingdom