Seymour E. Goodman

Regents Professor and Professor of International Affairs and Computing

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy
  • School of History and Sociology
Office Location:
Habersham 302
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Dr. Seymour E. Goodman joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 2000, and is Regents Professor and Professor of International Affairs and Computing, and Adjunct Professor of History, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a National Affiliate of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. He is Director Emeritus of the Sam Nunn Security program, and serves as Co-Director of the Center of International Strategy, Technology, and Policy in the Sam Nunn School. Prof. Goodman's research interests include international developments in the information technologies (IT), technology diffusion, IT and national security, critical infrastructure resilience, and related public policy issues. Areas of geographic interest include the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and parts of Africa. Earlier research had been in areas of statistical and continuum physics, combinatorial algorithms, and software engineering. He is the author or co-author of about 150 publications and serves in various editorial capacities for several academic journals, including contributing editor for International Perspectives for the Communications of the ACM from 1990 to 2014. He has served on numerous study and advisory committees for the ACM, the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and State, the US Congress, and the National Research Council. Prof. Goodman's work has been supported by more than two dozen funding sources, including multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. He teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses in science and technology, the history of conflict, and national and international security.  In 2010, he was appointed to the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council of the National Academies and served two terms until 2016. Other research interests include the impact of S&T on the American Civil War, World War II, and the Cold War. Prof. Goodman was an undergraduate at Columbia University and earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1970
  • M.S. Columbia University, 1966
  • B. S. Columbia University, 1965
Awards and
  • Regents Professor
  • National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor of History
Areas of
  • American Civil War
  • Cold War
  • Resilient Critical Infrastructures
  • Soviet Union
  • The Roles Of Technology In Determining The Conduct And Outcomes Of Major Conflicts
  • World War II


Research Fields:
  • Emerging Technology and Security
  • History of Technology/Engineering and Society
  • Information Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • International Diffusion and Innovation in IT
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • United States
  • United States - Georgia
  • United States - Southeast
  • International Development
  • Weapons and Security
  • Armed Conflict
  • Conflicts
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • Infrastructure
  • International Communication
  • National Intelligence
  • National Security
  • Non-Traditional Security Challenges
  • Science and Engineering Workforces
  • Science and Technology
  • Surveillance
  • Terrorism


  • HTS-3803: Special Topics
  • HTS-3823: Special Topics
  • INTA-2040: Sci,Tech & Int'l Affairs
  • INTA-3012: War in the 20th Century
  • INTA-3103: Challenge of Terrorism
  • INTA-3803: Special Topics
  • INTA-3823: Special Topics
  • INTA-4011: Technology& Military Org
  • INTA-4050: Int'l Affair&Tech Policy
  • INTA-6015: Technology& Military Org
  • INTA-8000: Sci,Tech&Int'l Affairs I
  • INTA-8001: Sci,Tech&Intl Affairs II

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