Catherine Herrold

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



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 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 ways in which nonprofit organizations, their donors, and informal civil society groups understand their roles in social and political changes processes. Her most recent work studied Egyptian foundations’ and NGOs responses to the 2011 uprisings. She is currently studying social change organizations in Palestine with a particular focus on groups that operate outside of the international aid system.

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

The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
Consultant. 2014-present