Susan M. Chambré






Email: Phone: (646) 312- 4471
Location: VC 4265


Susan M. Chambré is a Professor of Sociology and the Editor of the Working Papers Series of Baruch’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Strategy. She received her B.A. from Queens College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is writing a book tentatively titled Disease Crusades, a study of the culture and politics of health policy in the U.S. She was recently awarded her sixth grant from the PSC-CUNY grant program to
study "The Rise and Fall of the Polio Crusade."

Her research and publications focus on civic engagement, nonprofit organizations and public policy. Current projects include a study of volunteerism by baby boomers, nonprofit naming practices, managerial challenges faced by nonprofit organizations at different stages in their life cycles, and the emergence of a consumer consciousness among patients with Tuberculosis, Polio, and HIV. 

Previous publications considered the link between adolescent pregnancy and welfare dependency, the social and cultural determinants of volunteerism by elders, the changing nature of Jewish philanthropy, and the role of community organizations and foundations in shaping AIDS policy.

Selected publications



  • “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.
  • “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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