David Smith, PhD, is co-author of the book, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace (HBR Press, 2020) and Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2010, he taught at the U.S. Naval Academy in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law and served as department chair from 2012-2016. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. After retiring from a 30-year career on active duty in the Navy, he accepted an appointment to join the faculty at the Naval War College.
As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias in performance evaluations, dual career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women. He is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (HBR Press, 2016), a regular contributor for the Harvard Business Review and author of numerous journal articles and book chapters that focus on gender and the workplace.
My four years of study and research in the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland were instrumental in developing the research methods that have helped me to succeed in my academic career. Just as important has been the mentorship, support and guidance that I continue to enjoy with Maryland faculty and mentors.