Chris Surfus

Chris R. Surfus
Postdoctoral Research Assoc
Phone: (603) 862-4320
Office: UNH Institute on Disability, Printing & Mail Service Bldg, 10 West Edge Drive Suite 101, Durham, NH 03824


Dr. Surfus joined the UNH Institute on Disability in August 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He is working on the NIDILRR-funded Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program. He is excited to join UNH for his Postdoc to help academicians, practitioners, and the general public understand disability and employment. Dr. Surfus is particularly interested in disability law, ABLE market funds, disability and employment issues, nondiscrimination policy and public accommodations, and the intersection of racial equity, LGBTQ+, and disability.

Dr. Surfus graduated in June 2021 with a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Western Michigan University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. He has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Grand Valley State University. In his time at GVSU, Dr. Surfus did a strategic plan portfolio as a class project for the Disability Advocates of Kent County, a $2.5 million nonprofit.

Dr. Surfus has presented at 12 academic conferences while in his Ph.D. program, including three ASPA conferences, four NECOPA conferences, and the International Public Policy Association Conference in Barcelona, Spain. He is a chapter author in The Routledge Handbook of LGBTQIA Administration and Policy by Dr. Wallace Swan. Altogether, Dr. Surfus has seven publications. Much of his research is on LGBTQ+ policy and administration, racial equity, municipal government topics, environmental justice, and COVID-19.

Dr. Surfus founded The Surfus Foundation to work on LGBTQ+ philanthropy and public policy in the Grand Rapids, MI. He also is serving his second term as the President of the American Society for Public Administration’s Michigan Capital Area Chapter.