Catherine Herrold

Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: 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 E. Herrold, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Herrold’s research explores the role of civil society in mobilizing citizens for democratic political reform. With a particular focus on the Middle East, Herrold’s most recent work studies local foundations, NGOs, and grassroots organizations in Egypt and Palestine. Her work has appeared in Social Problems and Nonprofit Policy Forum, and she is currently writing a book manuscript entitled, The Next Arab Spring.

Courses Taught

  • PHST-P212 Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
  • PHST-P523 Civil Society
  • PHST-P557 Foundations and Grant Making
  • PHST-P590 Directed Readings in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P590 Internship in Philanthropic Studies


Research Interests

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

Current Projects

  • Bankrolling the Arab Spring: The role of philanthropy in Egypt’s political transition
  • All You Need is Tea? Philanthropy, Civil Society, and Democracy Promotion in Egypt

Honors & Awards

  • Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Volutnary Action Research
  • Maxwell School at Syracuse University E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition, 3rd Place (in collaboration with Khaldoun AbouAssi

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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