Marshall I. Goldman is a professor emeritus in the Wellesley College Department of Economics. An expert on the Russian economy and the economics of high technology, he joined the Wellesley faculty in 1958. He is also Associate Director of the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University. Professor Goldman is a 1952 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received MA and PhD degrees in Russian studies and economics from Harvard University in 1956 and 1961, respectively. Professor Goldman has served as a trustee of the Noble and Greenough School as well as The Commonwealth School of Boston and is past president of the Hillel Council of Greater Boston.
An internationally recognized authority on Russian economics, politics, and environmental policy, Professor Goldman is known for his study and analysis of the careers of Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. He is the author of over a dozen books on the former Soviet Union, including The USSR in Crisis: The Failure of an Economic System, and Gorbachev's Challenge: Economic Reform in the Age of High Technology (1987).
A consulting editor to the journal Current History, Goldman's expertise is also sought by the media. He has writen frequently for such publications as Current History, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. He has written regularly for the Russian newspapers, Moscow News and The Moscow Times, and is often heard on National Public Radio.