Greg Goodale

Associate Professor

Dr. Greg Goodale is the 2011 winner of Northeastern University’s Excellence-in-Teaching Award. He currently serves as one of eight Teaching Excellence Mentors, which means that he helps other Northeastern University instructors to become better at teaching through the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Inspired by 14 teachers in his family and the extraordinary students he has taught at the University of Illinois and Northeastern University, he has recently completed his newest book, A Professor’s Advice to his Students, which is being considered for publication.

Dr. Goodale is a graduate of George Mason University (BA and MA), the University of Virginia School of Law (JD), and the University of Illinois (PhD) where he performed research in Rhetoric and American History. A former lawyer, lobbyist, and congressional aide, he continues his interest in democracy and in particular how American citizenship intersects with race, gender, species and disability. As a public advocate (mostly for people with disabilities), Dr. Goodale brings his Washington, DC experience into the classroom and into his scholarship. That experience is now used to lead classes that advocate on behalf of foster children (Advocacy Workshop), victims of human trafficking and disabled children (Advocacy Writing) and at-risk girls (Public Speaking).

Dr. Goodale’s research lies at the intersection of three key themes in an emerging philosophy called Post-Humanism. This intersection undermines the dominance of vision as a way of organizing the world into categories and classes in favor of rethinking concepts like sex, race, species and ability. His books, Arguments About Animal Ethics and Sonic Persuasion: Reading Sound in the Recorded Age, and his journal articles like “Black and White: Vestiges of Biracialism in American Discourse” and “The Presidential Sound” are examples of Post-Humanist scholarship. Dr. Goodale has completed his next monograph, The Invention of “Man,” and has begun to work on a new book project tentatively titled “Against Truth.” His scholarship on sound has been quoted in political magazines like The New Republic and Influences l’officiel des idees and news radio programs.