Mady Wechsler Segal earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Maryland, Distinguished Scholar Teacher, faculty affiliate of the Women's Studies Department, and Associate Director of the Center for Research on Military Organization. She has been Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland, a guest scientist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and a Visiting Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point. She has served as chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the U.S. Army Research Institute's Army Family Research Program, as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Performance of Military Personnel, as a Human Resource Consultant to the Secretary of the Army, as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, as a consultant to the Army's Senior Review Panel on Sexual Harassment, as a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy, as a member of the Congressional Commission on Military Training and Gender-Related Issues, as a member of the Naval Research Advisory Committee Panel on Quality of Life, and as Chair of the Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict of the American Sociological Association. She is currently on the Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) and on the Executive Board of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution of the International Sociological Association.
Mady Segal's recent research has focussed on military personnel issues, with particular attention to military women, military families, and race/ethnicity in the military. Her publications include "The Military and the Family as Greedy Institutions" (Armed Forces and Society, 1986); "Women's Military Roles Cross-Nationally: Past, Present, and Future" (Gender & Society, 1995); “The Impact of Military Presence in Local Labor Markets on the Employment of Women” (Gender & Society, 2000, with Bradford Booth, William W. Falk, and David R. Segal); “Professional Leadership and Diversity in the Army” (with Chris Bourg, in Snider and Matthews, eds., The Future of the Army Profession, 2005). Dr. Segal is an author of a report for military leaders on the policy implications of research findings on military families (What We Know About Army Families: 2007 Update), and an author of How to Support Families during Overseas Deployments: A Sourcebook for Service Providers. She and David R. Segal authored a book on Peacekeepers and their Wives, and a Population Bulletin on “America’s Military Population”
Among the courses Professor Segal taught at the University of Maryland were: Military Sociology, Women in the Military, Military Families, and Diversity in the Military. She was honored as the university's Outstanding Woman Faculty Member in 1988 and with the first Teaching Mentorship Award by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 1994. She holds the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. She was named the 1994 Helen MacGill Hughes Lecturer on Women and Social Change by Sociologists for Women in Society. In 2001 she received the Morris Rosenberg Merit Award for Recent Achievement from the District of Columbia Sociological Society and the Yerkes Award (with David R. Segal) from American Psychological Association Division 19 (Military Psychology) for Outstanding Contributions to Military Psychology by a non-psychologist. In 2002 she received an award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Service from the American Sociological Association Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict. She received the 2007 Distinguished Former Faculty Award from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.