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Catherine Herrold

Catherine Herrold

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400E Eggers Hall

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Duke University, 2013


Catherine Herrold (she/her) in an associate professor of public administration and international affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship & International Affairs.

With disciplinary grounding in public administration, public policy and political science, Herrold uses ethnographic methods to study how citizens mobilize for democracy and how public organizations can better connect with and support citizen-led democracy building efforts. Her first book, "Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond," was published with Oxford University Press (2020) and won the 2021 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

Her work has also appeared in the journals Social Problems, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Policy Forum, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Herrold has conducted field research in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Qatar. She has served as a visiting scholar at Birzeit University (Palestine) and the American University in Cairo (Egypt).

In 2020-21, Herrold served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Before joining Maxwell, Herrold was 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 also has extensive professional experience in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. She has worked for Deloitte, the Urban Institute, the UK Parliament, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and the George Gund Foundation. 

Herrold holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Duke University. 

An avid swimmer, Herrold was an NCAA Division III All-American and is a member of the Mount Holyoke College Athletics Hall of Fame.


Public administration and democracy, global civil society, nonprofit management, NGO management, collaborative governance