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Louis Goodman

Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS
School of International Service

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Affiliate Professor of Sociology
  • Louis Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America and in Asia. His current research focuses on public goods, regional alliances and development. He has published widely on civil-military relations in Latin America, on foreign investment in developing countries and on determinants of career success for blue-collar workers. He has researched and lived abroad in Chile, Ecuador, Mexico,Peru and Singapore. In 1992 Dr. Goodman served as the President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Northwestern University; MA, Northwestern University; BA, Dartmouth College
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    the tennis courts

    Book Currently Reading:

    Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy

    Languages Spoken:


  • SIS-School of Intl Service
  • SIS - 219
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • Small Nations, Giant Firms: Capital Allocation Decisions in Transnational Corporations, Holmes and Meier, 1987.   
  • The Military and Democracy in Latin America, Heath-Lexington, 1990.   
  • Lessons from the Venezuelan Experience, Johns Hopkins, 1995.   
  • International Affairs Education on the Eve of the 21st Century, APSIA, 1994.



Executive Experience

  • President, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, 1992

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: International affairs education; U.S. foreign policy; democracy-building abroad; civil-military relations in Latin America; role of the military in the war on drugs; U.S.-Latin American relations; U.S.-Mexican relations; U.S. business in Mexico; Argentina; Chile; Colombia; Peru; Uruguay; inter-American relations; Third-World economics, politics, and development; international business; multinational corporations; immigration reform

Additional Information: Louis W. Goodman became Emeritus Dean and Professor of International Relations at American University’s School of International Service in August 2011, having served as the School's Dean since July, 1986.  Under his leadership the School of International Service became the largest school of international relations in the United States.  Previously Dr. Goodman served on the faculty of Yale University’s Department of Sociology and as Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Programs of the Social Science Research Council and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Goodman’s current research focuses in democracy building and civilian control of the armed forces in Latin America and on the rise of Asia and 21st century international relations. 

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