Catherine Herrold

Associate Professor, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Faculty Affiliate, 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 is an associate professor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a faculty affiliate of the Indiana University Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She has also served as a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and Birzeit University (Palestine). Dr. Herrold’s research examines how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, and grassroots groups work to promote change in the Middle East. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Qatar. 

Dr. Herrold’s book, Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2020), uncovers the strategies that Egyptian NGOs have used to advance the aims of the country’s 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

Her second book project explores how grassroots voluntary groups in Palestine are mobilizing popular resistance and reviving a culture of voluntarism and solidarity in Palestinian society.

Dr. Herrold’s work has also appeared in Social Problems, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Policy Forum, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 

Dr. Herrold holds a PhD in Public Policy from Duke University.

Courses Taught

  • PHST-P212: Philanthropy and Civic Engagement
  • PHST-P521: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (online)
  • 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

  • Project Think: A Critical Perspective on NGOs, Development, and Democracy in the Middle East (with Gizem Zencirci)
  • Innovations in Community Philanthropy: Implications for Civil Society and Social Change.
  • 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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