Catherine Herrold

Catherine Herrold

Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: University Hall, Suite 3000 301 University Blvd.
Phone: 317-278-8983

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Public Policy, Duke University, 2013
  • MBA, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, 2005
  • Msc, Voluntary Sector Organization, 2004
  • BA, Economics, Mount Holyoke College, 2000

Professional experience

  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2014-Present
  • Assistant Professor (partial appointment), School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2014-Present
  • Research Assistant, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, 2007-2011
  • Fellow, The George Gund Foundation, 2005-2007
  • Research Assistant, The Urban Institute, 2002-2003
  • Consultant, Deloitte, 2000-2002

Professional affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
  • International Society for Third Sector Research
  • Middle East Studies Association

Major fields of expertise

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

Intellectual Contributions

Dissertation: Bankrolling the Arab Spring: The Role of Philanthropy in Egypt’s Political Transition


Herrold, Catherine and Mona Atia. (Forthcoming.) “Competing Rather than Collaborating: Egyptian NGOs in Turbulence.” Nonprofit Policy Forum.

Caren, Neal, Sarah Gaby, and Catherine Herrold. (2017.) “Economic Breakdown and Collective Action.” Social Problems 64(1): 133-155.

Herrold, Catherine and Mona Atia. (2016.) “Competing Rather than Collaborating: Egyptian NGOs in Turbulence.” Nonprofit Policy Forum 7(3): 389-407.

Herrold, Catherine. (2015). “Giving in Egypt: Evolving Charitable Traditions in a Changing Political Economy.” Chapter 18 in Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

AbouAssi, Khaldoun and Catherine Herrold. (2014). “New Funding, New Beginnings: To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate.” E-PARCC Teaching Case. Maxwell School of Syracuse University Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration.

Herrold, Catherine. (2012). “Philanthropic Foundations in Egypt: Fueling Change or Safeguarding the Status Quo?” In Proceedings of Takaful 2012: The Second Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. Cairo, Egypt: The American University of Cairo.

Herrold, Catherine. (2006). High-Engagement Philanthropy: the grantee’s perspective. Voluntary Sector Working Paper No. 4. London: The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Courses Taught

PHST-523: Civil Society and Philanthropy
PHST-557: Grant Making and the Role of Foundations
PHST-590: Internship in Philanthropic Studies


Consultant, The Urban Institute

Awards and Recognitions:

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