An American by birth and Hoosier by upbringing, Bob Goodin took his DPhil in Politics at Oxford in 1975. He taught Government at the University of Essex throughout the 1980s, returning there 2011-2014. In between, and now again, he is research professor of Philosophy at Australian National University. He has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Goodin gave the Dewey Lecture on Law and Philosophy (University of Chicago Law School, 2008), the Edmund Burke lecture in Philosophy (Trinity College, Dublin, 2009), the Lee Lecture on Political Science and Government (All Souls College, Oxford, 2012) and the Brian Barry Memorial Lecture (LSE, 2013). His co-authored book Discretionary Time won the 2009 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research, awarded by the International Social Science Council.
Goodin is founding editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and sometime coeditor of the British Journal of Political Science. Throughout the 1980s he served as an Associate Editor of Ethics, and throughout the 2000s as General Editor of the 11-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science for Oxford University Press. Goodin is also founding editor of a series of books on 'Theories of Institutional Design' for Cambridge University Press and co-edits, with James Fishkin, the Philosophy, Politics & Society series launched by Peter Laslett in 1956.
Goodin has co-edited various other major reference books: A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 1st edn co-edited with Philip Pettit, 1993; 2nd edn co-edited with Pettit and Thomas Pogge, 2007); Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 1st edn, 2nd edn 2006, both co-edited with Philip Pettit); and A New Handbook of Political Science (Oxford UP, 1996, co-edited with Hans-Dieter Klingemann), named an Outstanding Academic Book for 1997 by Choice, the official journal of the American Association of College and Research Libraries.