MACON – Mercer University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty member Dr. Rachael Goodman was recently selected as a Distinguished Winner of the 2021 Award for Responsible Research in Management, co-sponsored by Fellows of the Academy of Management and the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management.

The award honors Dr. Goodman’s work as a co-author on “Work–life balance as a household negotiation: A new perspective from rural India,” published in the Academy of Management Discoveries journal. The article explores how families redistribute household labor among members so that women can work paid jobs since their household labor is vital to day-to-day survival.

The Award for Responsible Research in Management pays tribute to high-quality scientific research that addresses critical issues in business and society.

This year’s 13 awardees, which include four Distinguished Winners, nine Winners and eight Finalists, were selected through a rigorous two-stage review process that involved both Fellows of the Academy of Management and practicing executives. Each awardee exemplifies the principles of responsible research.

“This award is a great endorsement of the value of interdisciplinary research as it shows how methods from anthropology can positively contribute to the development of research on management and business,” said Dr. Goodman.

Dr. Goodman joined Mercer’s 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.

“As a first-year faculty member, Dr. Goodman has hit the ground running. Not only has she made a positive impact in the classroom, with this award she has also gained national recognition for the excellent quality of her research,” said Dr. Anita Olson Gustafson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “I look forward to her continued work teaching and mentoring Mercer students.”

Dr. Goodman 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 nongovernmental organization in the foothills of the Himalayas.

In addition to her Ph.D., she earned her master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and international studies from the University of Chicago.

Her current research explores the impacts of globalization, international volunteering, regional economic change and shifting ideas of “the good life” on economic development.

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