Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor
Ph.D. 1963, NYU
Areas of Interest
Social psychology; Courtship and marriage; Socialization of children and youth; Identity formation and maintenance; communication processes; Sociology of emotions.
Norman Goodman received his Ph.D. in 1963 from New York University. He is a sociologically-oriented social psychologist who studies identity, emotions, and the nature of intimate relationships such as dating and marriage. His current research interest centers around how people cope with failure to achieve or be successful in realizing a central identity in adulthood, which is typically tied to their occupational role. Drawing primarily on the perspective of symbolic interaction and the work of scholars such as Erving Goffman, Morris Rosenberg, and Sheldon Stryker in sociology and Daniel Levinson, Hazel Markus, and Glynis Breakwell in psychology, he explores this issue in terms of the interaction among the social context of failure, the coping mechanisms adopted, and the social and personal characteristics of the person. Ultimately, he is interested in how this perceived failure affects the person's sense of self and self-esteem. In addition to published articles in a number of professional journals, Goodman is the author/co-author/co-editor of 10 books (including 4 textbooks or readers in Introductory Sociology and 2 textbooks in Marriage and the Family).
Norman Goodman was Department Chair from 1973 to 1989, and again from 2000 to 2004. He was President of the Senate of the College of Arts and Sciences and twice President of the University Faculty Senate.
Extending Self-Esteem Theory and Research: Sociological and Psycholgical Currents. Timothy J. Owens, Sheldon Stryker and Norman Goodman, eds. 2001. NY: Cambridge University Press.
Marriage and the Family. 1993: HarperCollins.
Introduction to Sociology. 1993: HarperCollins.
Social Roles and Social Institutions: Essays in Honor of Rose Laub Coser. Judith R. Blau and Norman Goodman, eds. 1991. Boulder, CO: Westview
News & Events
|• Michael Schwartz, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus. and our alumnus Josh Murray (Vanderbilt University) have won the outstanding article award for the ASA Marxist Sociology Section for their paper, "Moral Economy, Structural Leverage, and Organizational Efficacy: Class Formation and the Great Fling Sit-Down Strike, 1936-37." Critical Historical Studies|
|• Tiffany Joseph (with co-author Helen Marrow) has received the Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology. The award was received for their paper, "Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants' (Non) Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms." Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies
|•Carrie Shandra has been awarded a grant under the Department of Labor Scholars Program for a project on Job Characteristics and Job Retention of Young Workers With Disabilities|
|• Jennifer Heerwig (with collaborator Brian McCabe) has been awarded a seed grant from
Georgetown's McCourt School Massive Data Institute for their project,
"The Seattle Voucher Experiment: Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy."
|• Arnout van de Rijt with our Alumni Eran Shor (McGill University) was awarded the bests paper award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Studies section of the ASA for their co-authored paper (Eran Shor, Arnoug van de Rijt, Alex Mitsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena), "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News." American Sociological Review
|• Carrie Shandra was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award from the ASA Section on Disability and Society for her paper "Benefactors and Beneficiaries? Disability and Care to Others" forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family
|• Rebekah Burroway has received an "Outstanding Author Contribution" from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for her paper "Empowering Women, Strengthening Children: A Multi-Level Analysis of Gender Inequality and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries" published in Advances in Gender Research|
|• Amy Hsin, Queens College, Department of Sociology, May 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403,"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students: Evidence from a Large Public University."
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Tiffany Joseph, Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: Life along the Documentation Status Continuum."|
|• Transforming Sociology (program), Sociology Graduate Student Conference, March 31, 2017, Center for Global Studies at Stony Brook University
|• Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, Department of Sociology, March 29th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Do Marital and Kin Support Enhance (or Undermine) Older Adults' Well-Being? New Evidence from the DUST Study."
|• Nicholas Hoover Wilson selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook University for 2017-2018.|
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Helena Darwin, Wednesday, November 30th, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Doing Genderqueer"|
|•Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Sociology, November 14th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Education and the Transition Through Adulthood to Midlife in the New Economy."
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones,
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "An Audit Study of Public School Principals: Evidence for Selective Response."
|• Mindfulness and Diversity: Mind-Body Approaches for Enhancing Awareness and Well-Being, Friday, October 28th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For information and to register, please go to
•IHSS will present Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "Governmentality in the East."
•Stewart Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder, Director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, October 24th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Does God Make the Man? Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity"
•Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Department of Sociology, October 10th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Partisans & Partners: The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society."
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