Goldman, who joined the faculty at Boston University in 1972, received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, her master's degree from Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.
Past president of the New England Council of the Association of Asian Studies and currently chairperson of the New England China Seminar, she is also the recipient of the 1981 Radcliffe Graduate Medal for Distinguished Achievement, a member of the Presidential Commission on Radio Asia and a trustee of Sarah Lawrence College.
Goldman is the author of several books including Sowing Seeds of Democracy in China: Political Reform in the Den Xiaoping Era, which was chosen as the best book on government in 1994 by the American Association of Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division. In addition, she is on the editorial board of The China Quarterly.
The Phi Beta Kappa Associates Lectureship provides speakers for special occasions sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa groups. Established in 1942, the Lectureship is one of the important activities sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Associates, a group of Phi Beta Kappa members organized to foster and advance the welfare of the Society and the ideals for which it stands. By way of its panel of distinguished speakers, the Lectureship contributes directly to the intellectual life of the campus and community.
The Hamilton College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established in 1870. Students are elected to membership primarily for academic distinction in the liberal arts and sciences.