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Louis Goodman Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS School of International Service

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(202) 885-1625 (Office)
SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 228-A
by appointment
Additional Positions at AU
Affiliate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Northwestern University; MA, Northwestern University; BA, Dartmouth College

Languages Spoken
Favorite Spot on Campus
the tennis courts
Book Currently Reading
Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy
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.
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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 Experts

Area of Expertise

International affairs education; U.S. foreign policy in Latin America; democracy-building; civil-military relations in Latin America; role of the military in the war on drugs; international business; immigration reform, Asia, social change

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. 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.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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AU News & Achievements

(l-r) Quansheng Zhao, Dean Louis Goodman, Heng Pek Koon, Surin Pitsuwan and Amitav Acharya announced the opening of the first research center on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the United States.

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New Center Highlights Southeast Asia’s Growing Global Importance

Association of Southeast Asian Nations, American University partner to create first-of-its-kind academic research center in the United States.
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Photo: Lou Goodman

On Campus ·

Groundbreaking SIS Dean Steps Down

After 25 years as dean, Goodman prepares to return to the faculty.
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