I strive to help those who help others.

I joined the University of Texas at Dallas in August of 2020, where I am a part of a dynamic team of public administration and nonprofit experts. Prior to joining UTD, I was an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY). I am also the former Director of the Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development at the University at Albany, which is an organization dedicated to leveraging the benefits of local colleges to serve the local nonprofit community.

I also believe in the value of contributing to my scholarly community. I am an editorial board member of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.  I am 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).   

Specialties: Nonprofit financial management, nonprofit finance, social enterprise, comparative social economy, organizational ecology, program evaluation, behavioral economics, evidence-based policy, applied ethics

Dr. Elizabeth Searing, EPPS (practitione



Georgia State University

Doctorate in Public Policy with a major field of Public and Nonprofit Management.


Georgia State University

Master of Arts in Economics.


Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Cum Laude, with University and Foundation Honors

Selected Awards, Grants, and Professional Service

  • Editorial Board, Nonprofit Management & Leadership (2020-Current)

  • "Giving with Strings Attached," NSF grant with Dr. Sarah Jacobson & Dr. Angela de Oliveira

  • Organizer, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) Doctoral Student Showcase (2020)

  • Chair and Co-founder, Nonprofit Finance & Financial Management Section

  • ARNOVA Best Dissertation Award, Public and Nonprofit Section, Academy of Management (2016)

  • Program Committee, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (2017-Current)