Catherine Herrold

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

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 IUPUI. 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 NGOs, foundations, and grassroots organizations in Egypt and Palestine. Her work has appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Social Problems, Nonprofit Policy Forum, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, and she is currently writing a book manuscript entitled, Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond.

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-P557 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


Research Interests

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

Current Projects

  • The Next Arab Spring

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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