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
|•IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."|
|•Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
•Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right? The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
•Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
•Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy: Evidence from the British Empire in India."
•IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
|•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"
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