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My research interests include:

  • Nonprofit Management: Foundation funding; LGBTQ+ funding; Racial equity; Strategic
    planning; Fund development; Advocacy and lobbying; Incorporation and management;
    Fundraising; Marketing.
  • Municipal Management: Contracting out; Public and private partnerships; LGBTQ+ and
    nondiscrimination in contracting out; Public management and law enforcement; Public
    management theory and practice.
  • LGBTQ+: Public policy; Nondiscrimination policy; Administration and law; Political science
    and LGBTQ+ rights; Municipal management; Human Resources; Diversity management.
  • Racial Equity: Flint Water Crisis; Environmental justice; Environmental racism; Representation
    in local government


My publications include:


  • Surfus, C. R. (2022). Learning from Flint: Where do we go from here? In Murphy Greene, C.,
    Environmental Justice and Resiliency in an Age of Uncertainty. New York, NY: Routledge-Taylor &
    Francis, Inc.



  • Surfus, C. R. (2021). Municipal manager perceptions on LGBTQ+ inclusion: A narrative
    policy framework case study. [Doctoral dissertation, Western Michigan University].
  • Surfus, C. R. (2018). Challenges and opportunities for the LGBTQ community at the
    state and local levels. In Swan, W., The Routledge Handbook of LGBTQ
    Administration and Policy (Chapter 26). New York, NY: Routledge. Published.
  • Surfus, C. R. (2014). “An assessment of LGBT competency in corporate America:
    Change agents in 21st century public policy?” Seidman College of Business. Accepted.
  • Surfus, C. R. (2013). “Equity issues in LGBT funding: Inequality remains
    despite national progress,” SPNHA Review: Vol. 9: Iss. 1, Article 7. Available at:
    http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/spnhareview/vol9/iss1/7. Published.