Susan M. Chambré, Professor Emerita




Susan M. Chambré was a faculty member at Baruch College from 1980 until 2016 when she became a Professor Emerita. Her previous positions were at Yeshiva University and as a Research Scientist doing policy research at the New York City Human Resources Administration. She received her B.A. from Queens College, CUNY and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research on civic engagement, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and public policy has been supported by the Aspen Institute, the Rockefeller Archives Center, the PSC-CUNY Grant Program and the AARP Andrus Foundation.

She served on the editorial board of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly from 1992 until 2016 and was the Vice President for Publications of ARNOVA, the Association for Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. In addition, her professional and community service has involved serving on the boards of several community-based and national organizations and probono consulting for UJA-Federation’s Management Assistance Program.

At the present time, her work-in-progress focuses on the dynamics of civic engagement and the impact of patient advocacy groups on the culture and politics of health policy in the U.S. She is a faculty affiliate of  Baruch’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Strategy providing pro bono consulting on volunteer management. She serves as a peer reviewer for professional journals in Sociology and Nonprofit Management and a regular reviewer for Jewish Book World.

Selected publications:


Patients, Consumers and Civil Society, coedited with Melinda Goldner (Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing, 2008). Click for Introduction.

Fighting for Our Lives: New York’s AIDS Community and the Politics of Disease(New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006).

Good Deeds in Old Age: Volunteering by the New Leisure Class (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1987).


“Baby Boomers and the Long-Term Transformation of Retirement and Volunteering: Evidence for a Policy Paradigm Shift “(with F. Ellen Netting). Journal of Applied Gerontology, in press. 

“AIDS Treatment Advocacy in the US, Brazil and South Africa: Diverse Actors, Strategies and Sectors.” Pp. 45-72 in Raymond A. Smith (ed.). Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy and Activism: Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues. Vol 3 (Canta Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013).

“Who Volunteers? Constructing a Hybrid Theory” (with Christopher Einolf), International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 16, 2012, pp. 283-310.

 “Volunteering.” The Encyclopedia of Retirement and Finance, Lois N. Vitt, ed., 2003, pp. 764-769.

“Beyond the Liability of Newness: Nonprofit Organizations in an Emerging Policy Domain.” (with Naomi Fatt). Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 31, 4, December 2002, pp. 502-524.

“The Changing Nature of ‘Faith’ in  Faith-Based Organizations Secularization and Ecumenicism in Four AIDS Organizations in New York City.” Social Service Review, 75, 3, September 2001, pp. 435-455.

“Parallel Power Structures, Invisible Careers and the Changing Nature of  American Jewish Women’s Philanthropy.” Jewish Journal of Communal Service, 76, 3, Spring 2000, pp. 205-215.

“Redundancy, Innovation and Fragmentation: HIV/AIDS Nonprofit Organizations in New York City, 1981-1992.” Policy Studies Journal, 27 # 4 (1999): 840-854.

“Jewish Women’s Philanthropy.” In Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, eds., Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. Routledge, 1997:1049-1054.

“Civil Society, Differential Resources, and Organizational Development: HIV/AIDS Organizations in New York City, 1982-1992.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 26 #4 (December 1997): 466-488.  Winner of the Best Article Award, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, 1998.

“AIDS Funding and the Rhetoric of Scarcity.” Nonprofit Management and Leadership,  7, #2 (Winter 1996): 155-168.

“Funding the Fight Against AIDS in New York City: The Evolution of Private Funding, 1983-1992.” Health Affairs, 15, 1 (Fall 1996): 250-260.

“HIV/AIDS as a Chronic Disease: Emergence from the Plague Model.”  with Christy L. Beaudin,  American Behavioral Scientist, 39 #6 (May 1996): 684-706.

“Creating New Nonprofit Organizations as Response to Social Change: HIV/AIDS Organizations in New York City.” Policy Studies Review,  14, #1-2 (Spring/Summer 1995): 117-127.

“Uncertainty, Diversity, and Change: The AIDS Community in New York City.” Research in Community Sociology, edited by Dan A. Chekki. Volume 6, 1996, Westport, CT.: JAI Press,  1995: 149-190.

“Being Needful: Family, Love and Prayer Among AIDS Volunteers.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Volume 12, edited by Jennie Jacobs Kronfeld. Westport, Ct.: JAI Press,  1995: 113-39.

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