Independent Sector Visiting Scholar: 2023-Present
As Visiting Scholar, Dr. MacIndoe is conducting research on nonprofit policy coalition work and nonprofit advocacy. She is participating in research-to-practice conversations with sector organizations to develop capacity building resources. Outside of her role as Visiting Scholar, Dr. MacIndoe was selected as a member of the team leading research on nonprofit public engagement commissioned by Independent Sector. Be on the lookout for blog posts and research findings from Dr. MacIndoe over the course of the year.
Heather MacIndoe is a Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Public Policy in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before joining the McCormack School, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy, and a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Hauser Center for the Study of Nonprofit Organizations at the Kennedy School of Government. Dr. MacIndoe earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2007, and a master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University. Her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College was in Economics and American Studies.
Dr. MacIndoe’s research applies theoretical frameworks from organizational and urban sociology to address questions concerning the social organization of the nonprofit sector. Her current research focuses on nonprofit advocacy and policy engagement. She has conducted studies of nonprofit advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. Other research examines foundation philanthropy and spatial relationships in the nonprofit sector. Her research has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Forum, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Nonprofit Policy Forum.
Dr. MacIndoe is an Associate Editor on the Editorial Board of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Review. She also serves on the fiduciary board for Boston Cares, the largest volunteer service agency in New England and was previously appointed as a commissioner to the City of Somerville Commission for Women.