Myrna Goodman, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Myrna Goodman
Myrna Goodman, Ph.D.

Sociology, 1990-2013

Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, 1997 - Present 

Academic Interests

Sociology of Genocide, Political Sociology, Research Methods, Social Movements, Sociology of Consumption


Myrna Goodman is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide. She is a graduate of Sonoma State University (B.A. Sociology 1988) and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Her Ph.D. degree includes a Designated Emphasis in Social Theory and Comparative History. 

Dr. Goodman's dissertation was an analysis of the contributions of ideology, culture and political process in the formation of the Danish Resistance Movement and the rescue of the Jews in Denmark during World War II. It is titled: "Resistance and Rescue: German-Occupied Denmark 1940-1943: Ideology, Politics and Culture." During her doctoral research, Professor Goodman made two research trips to Denmark to interview participants in the Danish Resistance Movement, Danish historians and Jewish Danes who were evacuated to Sweden. Those visits sparked an ongoing research interest in contemporary Scandinavian politics and social life. Professor Goodman's current teaching interests also include courses in the sociology of consumption and the relationships between food, gender and society. Her current research interests include an investigation of the methodology and processes used in interviews with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

As the Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, Dr. Goodman assists in the coordination of the annual Holocaust Lecture Series: Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Goodman, Myrna. 2014. Review. “Impediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide” in Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 43(5): 742-744. 

Goodman, Myrna. 2005. “Raphael Lemkin.” In Ethics, Revised Edition, edited by J.K. Roth. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. 

Goodman, Myrna. 2003. Course Syllabus. “Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide” in: Curriculum Guide on Peace, War and Social Conflict.  American Sociological Association. August 2003. 

Goodman, Myrna. 1998. “Foundations of Resistance in German-Occupied Denmark." Pp. 231-238 in Resisting the Holocaust, edited by Ruby Rohrlich. Oxford: Berg Publishers.