UMass Boston

Heather MacIndoe

Public Policy & Public Affairs
Associate Professor
McCormack Hall Floor 03

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Theory, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Advocacy, Organizational Collaborations, Philanthropy, Public and Private Funding for Social Services


PhD, University of Chicago, Sociology
MA, Stanford University, Sociology
BA, Wellesley College, Economics and American Studies

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Heather MacIndoe is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Her 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 social service provision, cross-sector collaboration, and philanthropy. Her work has appeared in journals such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Policy Forum, American Sociological Review and Sociological Forum.

Dr. MacIndoe serves on the editorial board of City and Community. She was appointed as a commissioner to the City of Somerville Commission for Women by Mayor Joseph Curtatone. She also serves as a member of the fiduciary board for Boston Cares, the largest volunteer service agency in New England.

Teaching in the Public Policy PhD Program:
PPOL-G 716 ProSeminar

PPOL-G 611 Research Methods I

PPOL-G 751 Nonprofits, Nongovernmental Organizations and Public Policy

Teaching in the Public Administration Program:
PUBADM 606 Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy