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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.
- Ph.D., Public Policy, Duke University, 2013
- M.B.A., Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, 2005
- M.Sc., Voluntary Sector Organization, London School of Economics, 2004
- B.A., Economics, Mount Holyoke College, 2000
- 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
- Fulbright Scholar Grant, Palestinian Territories (declined due to COVID-19)
- Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship
- Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2019)
- RGK-ARNOVA President’s Award (2018)
- Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research (2014)
- Maxwell School at Syracuse University E-PARCC Teaching Case and Simulation Competition, 3rd Place (in collaboration with Khaldoun AbouAssi) (2004)
- Mount Holyoke College Athletics Hall of Fame
Selected Intellectual Contributions
- “Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond” Oxford University Press. (2020)
- “Governing through Patronage: The Rise of NGOs and the Fall of Civil Society in Palestine and Morocco.” (with Mona Atia) VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2018)
- “A Conceptual Model of Foundations’ Leadership Capacity in Times of Change: Lessons from Egypt.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (2017)
- “Economic Breakdown and Collective Action.” (with Neal Caren and Sarah Gaby) Social Problems (2017)
- “Competing Rather than Collaborating: Egyptian Nongovernmental Organizations in Turbulence.” (with Mona Atia) Nonprofit Policy Forum (2016)
- “NGO Policy in Pre- and Post-Mubarak Egypt: Effects on NGOs’ Roles in Democracy Promotion.” Nonprofit Policy Forum (2016)
- “Giving in Egypt: Evolving Charitable Traditions in a Changing Political Environment.” Chapter 18 in The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy (2015)
- “New Funding, New Beginnings: To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate.” (with Khaldoun AbouAssi) E-PARCC Case Study (2014)