Dr. Rachael Goodman

Assistant Professor of Global Development Studies

Rachael GoodmanDr. Rachael Goodman joined the Mercer faculty in 2020 as an assistant professor of Global Development Studies. She previously taught anthropology at the University of Southern Mississippi and completed a postdoctoral fellowship on gender and economic development at the University of Toronto. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying how different ideas of well-being shape economic development projects in northern India. This work was based on 18 months living and working with the staff and beneficiaries of a non-governmental organization in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her current research explores the impacts of globalization, international volunteering, regional economic change, and shifting ideas of the good life on economic development.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., Anthropology and International Studies, University of Chicago


NGO-led economic development in Northern India

Professional interests

  • Global development in history and practice
  • Non-governmental organizations and emerging donors
  • International volunteering and internships
  • Livelihood strategies and ideas of the good life
  • Effects of globalization in South Asia
  • Social life of development data
  • Gender and development

Contact Dr. Rachael Goodman

(478) 301-2885
Office: Groover Hall, Room 209