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Rachel Goodman

Rachel Goodman
Rachel Goodman
  • Associate Professor of Government
  • 641 472 1151
  • 641 472-4894
  • 641 472 1191

Dr. Rachel Goodman has taught many courses in Maharishi’s approach to government and world peace through development of collective consciousness, as well as several courses in career strategies and communications skills.

She has completed seven research studies on trends in government and quality of life; authored several papers on government trends, collective consciousness, and world peace including two in the conference proceedings of the Midwest Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association; edited or co-edited three books of theoretical and research studies including Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, Consciousness-Based Education and Government (both published by MIU Press), and The Transcendental Meditation Program in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention published by Haworth Press. She also has a chapter in the book, Perspectives on Human Security: National Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention, published by the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association.

Dr. Goodman is Director of the Peace Minor and Director of the Career Strategies Office at Maharishi International University. She teaches courses in Maharishi’s Consciousness-BasedSM approach to peace, including “Collective Consciousness”, and “The Individual is the Unit of World Peace” as well as many workshops in Career Strategies.

Dr. Goodman has made presentations on development of human potential, improvement of societal quality of life, and the Maharishi Effect at over fifteen conferences including the American Political Science Association, the Iowa Political Science Association, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the International Conference on Consciousness in Science and Philosophy, and several annual meetings of the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association.

She is co-editor of a book of theoretical and research papers on Maharishi’s Consciousness-Based approach to crime prevention and criminal rehabilitation: Transcendental Meditation in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, published as a special quadruple issue of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (Vol. 36, Numbers 1/2/3/4, 2003) by Haworth Press, and has a chapter in the book Human Security published by the Canadian Peace Research and Education Association.

Dr. Goodman’s PhD looked at the impact of the Maharishi Effect on government variables, including Presidential Approval Ratings, Congressional Bipartisanship, and International Relations. She has been on the faculty of the University since 1997.

Rachel and her husband, Dr David Goodman, have been teaching the Transcendental Meditation® program for over thirty years, having obtained their teaching credentials from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Fiuggi, Italy in 1972.

Research Interests

  • Creating World Peace: the Maharishi Effect.
  • Presidential Studies.
  • Bipartisanship/Voting Patterns in US Congress/National Parliaments.
  • International Relations.
  • Impact of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Criminal/Juvenile Rehabilitation.

Teaching Areas

  • The Individual as a Peace Creator
  • Collective Consciousness: The Maharishi Effect in Organizations, Government, and Society
  • Human Development
  • HR Staffing and Recruiting
  • Career Strategies
  • Transcendental Meditation program

Education

PhD, Maharishi International University, PhD Dissertation title: The Maharishi Effect and Government: Effects of a National Demonstration Project and a Permanent Group of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program Practitioners on Success, Public Approval, and Coherence in the Clinton, Reagan, and Bush Presidencies.

Dissertation Research:

  • Presidential Approval Ratings and Media Positivity toward the Presidency
  • International Relations (U.S. and all other countries) in Reagan Administration.
  • Quality of Life in Washington D.C. during ’93 Demonstration Project in Washington, D.C.
  • Congressional Bi-Partisanship during 1993

MA in Higher Education Administration, Maharishi International University. Master’s thesis topic: Availability of scholarship opportunities for international students to study in the United States.

Publications

  • Alexander, Charles, Walton, Ken, Orme-Johnson, David, Goodman, Rachel, and Pallone, Nathaniel (Editors) (2003) Transcendental Meditation in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 36 Numbers 1/2/3/4, Haworth Press.
  • Goodman, Rachel, Walton, Ken, Orme-Johnson, David, and Boyer, Robert (2003). Introduction and Overview: The Transcendental Meditation Program — A Consciousness-Based Developmental Technology for Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention. In Transcendental Meditation in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 36 Numbers 1/2/3/4, Haworth Press.
  • Alexander, Charles, Walton, Ken, and Goodman, Rachel (2003).
  • Walpole Study of the Transcendental Meditation Program in Maximum Security Prisoners I: Cross-Sectional Differences in Development and Psychopathology. In Transcendental Meditation in Criminal Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 36 Numbers 1/2/3/4, Haworth Press.
  • Goodman, Rachel, Goodman, David, and Wolfson, Richard. (2001). A Consciousness-Based Approach to Human Security. In Naidu, M.V. (ed), Perspectives on Human Security. Canadian Peace Research and Education Association. Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.
  • Goodman, Rachel, Orme-Johnson, David, Rainforth, Maxwell, and Goodman, David (1997). Transforming Political Institutions Through Individual and Collective Consciousness: The Maharishi Effect and Government. Prepared for delivery at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.