Catherine Herrold

Assistant Professor, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Assistant Professor, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Catherine Herrold


University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN


  • PhD, Public Policy, Duke University
  • MBA, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA, Economics, Mount Holyoke College


Catherine Herrold’s research examines how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, and grassroots groups work to advance change in the Middle East. She has conducted field work in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Qatar. In Egypt, she studies the strategies that Egyptian NGOs and foundations are using to advance the aims of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. In Palestine, her work focuses on how grassroots groups are working to revive a spirit of voluntarism and solidarity within civil society. Her work has appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Social Problems, Nonprofit Policy Forum, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Her book manuscript, Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond, is currently under review.

Courses Taught

  • PHST-P212: Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
  • PHST-P523: Civil Society and Philanthropy (in person and online)
  • PHST-P524: Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (in person and online)
  • PHST-P555: Directed Readings in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P556: Grant Making and the Role of Foundations (in person and online)
  • PHST-P590: Internship in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P600: Master’s Thesis in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P890: Doctoral Dissertation in Philanthropic Studies


Research Interests

  • NGOs
  • Civil Society
  • Democracy Promotion
  • Middle East and North Africa

Current Projects

  • Grassroots Groups and the Revitalization of Civil Society in Palestine

Honors & Awards

Other Activities

  • Consultant, The Urban Institute, 2015
  • Fellow, The George Gund Foundation, 2005-2007
  • Fellow, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, 2004
  • Research Assistant, The Urban Institute, 2002-2003
  • Consultant, Deloitte & Touche, 2000-2002

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