David G. Smith, Ph.D.

Capt. (ret.), U.S. Navy

Associate Professor National Security Affairs
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David Smith, PhD earned his doctorate degree in sociology at the University of Maryland. He is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias, dual career families, military families, military women, and retention of women. Dr. Smith is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters—many on the topic of gender and the workplace.

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