Erich Goode, Ph.D., was born to student-parents at the University of Texas, and lived for a time on a small chicken farm just south of Austin. His father enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific as a radarman, completing his Ph.D. in 1946, beginning his teaching career in sociology at Wayne State University; later he taught at Columbia. Goode's parents were often separated and he attended a dozen schools before graduating from high school. At Oberlin College, he decided on a sociology major, then attended Columbia for his Ph.D. His dissertation was inspired by Max Weber, unfortunately, as he says, "without any of the grandeur." His first teaching job was at New York University. Goode taught at a total of six unversities, including, for thirty-three years, the State University of New York at Stony Brook (later Stony Brook University). While at SUNY Stony Brook, he met Barbara Weinstein, a historian; they are married and have two grown children. Goode retired in 2003 from the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland. He is now an independent scholar, the author of dozens of academic and popular articles and chapters and encyclopedia entries, and ten books, inluding The Paranormal: Who Believes, Why They Believe, and Why It Matters (Prometheus Press, 2011), Deviance in Everyday Life (Waveland Press, 2002), Drugs in American Society (8th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012), Moral Panics (coauthored with Nachman Ben-Yehuda, 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and Deviant Behavior (9th edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011). Goode lives in New York City with his wife, who is a professor of history at New York University.