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Associate Professor / Chairperson, Public Policy
Michael Goodman is Executive Director of the Public Policy Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The Public Policy Center is the University’s applied social science research, technical assistance, and public service unit based in the College of Arts and Sciences and affiliated with its Department of Public Policy. An interdisciplinary applied public policy research and technical assistance provider, the Center seeks to inform evidence-based policymaking at the state, regional, and local level through collaborative engagements with public, private, and non-profit partners.
Professor Goodman joined the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2009 after serving for eight years as the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute. Between 2009 and 2014 he served as the Chair of the Department of Public Policy and the Graduate Program Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program.
A leading analyst of the Massachusetts economy, he has authored or co-authored over two dozen professional publications on a wide range of public policy issues including regional economic development and housing policy as well as demographic and other applied social science research topics. He has supported this research by generating over $4 million in external grant and contract funding from a diverse array of public and private sources.
An economic sociologist, Professor Goodman is a three time past president of the New England Economic Partnership, a nonprofit organization made up of leading regional analysts that produces semi-annual economic forecasts of the economic outlook for each of the six New England states. He currently serves as Co-Editor of MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Dr. Goodman earned his MA and Ph.D. at Boston University.