Louis Goodman is professor and dean emeritus, American University School of International Service (SIS). Under his leadership with 4,000 students and 200 faculty members, SIS became the largest school of international relations in the United States. Having carried out research on social change and politics in Latin America, Goodman has published widely on civil-military relations, on foreign investment in developing countries, and on determinants of career success for blue-collar workers. He has lived and worked in Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. Most recently Goodman has served in residence at Singapore's Lee Kwan Yew School, where his focus has been on the rise of Asia and 21st-century international relations and at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku where he is helping with the creation of a US-style university.
Fluent in Spanish, he is also a specialist on the economics, politics, and development of the Global South. In 1992, Goodman served as president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and, as senior dean of that association, is a widely recognized expert on international affairs education. His publications include 11 books and numerous scholarly articles, including "Workers and Managers in Latin America," "Political Parties and Democracy in Central America," "The Military and Democracy," and "Small Nations, Giant Firms."