Myrna Goodman

  • Emerita Professor of Sociology
  • at SSU 1990-2013
  • Professor Myrna GoodmanDirector, Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide 1997 to Present
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Contact Information:

Email: myrna.goodman@sonoma.edu
Voicemail: 707.664.4296
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2081

Center for the Study of the Holcaust and Genocide Contact Information:

Voicemail: 707.664.4076

Areas of Expertise:

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

Academic Interests:

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.

Dr. Goodman coordinates the annual Holocaust Lecture Series: Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide, an upper division GE course and teaches the methods seminar course Sociology of Genocide. Professor Goodman is the faculty advisor to the SSU Human Rights Club.

Selected Publications:

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

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