David G. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
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David Smith, Ph.D., is co-author of the HBR book, “Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace.” A former Navy pilot, he led diverse organizations culminating in squadron command operating 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 on gender, work and family issues including gender bias, dual career families, military families, military women and retention of women. He is co-author of “Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women” and numerous journal articles and book chapters that focus on gender and the workplace.


Ph.D., University of Maryland, Sociology

M.S., University of San Diego, Global Leadership

B.S., US Naval Academy, Oceanography

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