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
|•Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE.|
|•Cathy Marrone receives the Sister Margareet Ann Landry Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Student Life Awards Ceremony|
•Study by Arnout van de Rijt and Michael Restivo published in PNAS and featured in The Economist
•Brooke Ellison, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Management at Stony Brook University, was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Global Leader.
|•Tarun Banerjee receives Sociology Department's Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award.
•Crystal Fleming receives Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
•IHSS will present Lawrence Frohman, Stony Brook University, Department of History, February 12th, 11:30 AM, SBS N320, "Surveillance, Security, Divinity"
|Michael Schwartz named Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees|
|• Professor Adam Possamai, University of West Sydney, to speak on "Contemporary Religion and Australian Aborigines", Wednesday, October 30th, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology, SBU Institute for Global Studies, and International Academic Programs and Services
•Memory in the Disciplines Workshop welcomes Professor Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University, "Collaborative Memory: A Cognitive Perspective", Wednesday, October 30th, 2:30 PM, SBS N403
•IHSS co Sponsored with the Department of History presents Patrick Weil, CNRS and Yale Law School, October 30th, 4:30 PM, SBS N320, "From Emma Goldman to Edward Snowden: How Denationalization of "Radical" Americans Reshaped American Citizenship
•IHSS presents Robert Chase, Stony Brook History Department, October 22nd, 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "Slaves of the State Revolt: The Prisoners' Rights Movement and the Construction of the Carceral State"
|•Arnout van de Rijt wins $275k NSF grant for in vivo experimental research on arbitrary social inequality
•Screening of the film, ESCAPE FIRE, Tuesday, September 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS N403
•IHSS presents Clayton Fordahl, Stony Brook Sociology Department, September 24th, 2:30 PM, SBS N405, Imperium in imperio: Martyrdom, the Roman Empire, and the Creation of Christian Sovereignty"
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