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Dual-Military Couples and Women in the Military: Balancing Career & Family

June 6, 2020 @ 6:00 am CDT

Dr. David Smith podcast


About this Episode:

In this Let’s Talk Transitions! Podcast, I chat with Dr. David Smith, former Navy pilot, current Associate Professor of Sociology, and a driven researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of gender, work and family issues. In this episode, our conversation centers on the topic of dual-military couples and, in particular, women’s experiences in the military workplace. Our dialogue concludes with David sharing promising strategies and resources for military family service professionals in support of dual-military families as well as women in the military.

Guest Bio

Dr. David Smith David Smith, PhD, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace and Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 30 years 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 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 and numerous journal articles and book chapters that focus on gender and the workplace. Learn more about David at:

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, Book Chapters & Books by David

  1. Germano, K. & Smith., D. G. (2019). Case study 2: Gender equity as fairness in the military institution. In Skerker, M., Whetham, D., & Carrick, D. (Eds.). Military virtues. Harvant, United Kingdom: Howgate Publishing.
  2.  Johnson, W. B., & Smith, D. (2016). Athena rising: How and why men should mentor women. Brighton, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.
  3. Maffey, K. R., & Smith, D. G. (2020). Women’s participation in the Jordanian military and police: An exploration of perceptions and aspirations. Armed Forces & Society, 46(1), 46-67.
  4. Smith, D. G., & Johnson, W. B. (2020). Good guys: How men can be better allies for women in the workplace. Brighton, MA: Harvard Business Review Press—available in October.
  5. Smith, D. (2019). The power of mentoring for women veterans. In Thomas, K. H., & Hunter, K. (Eds.). Invisible veterans: What happens when military women become civilians again. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
  6. Smith, D. (2015). Dual-military families. Confronting a stubborn military institution. In Military Families and War in the 21st Century (pp. 79-94). Routledge.
  7. Smith, D. G., Rosenstein, J. E., Nikolov, M. C., & Chaney, D. A. (2018). The power of language: Gender, status, and agency in performance evaluations. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 80(3-4), 159-171. doi:10.1007/s11199-018-0923-7
  8. Smith, D. G., & Rosenstein, J. E. (2017). Gender and the military profession: Early career influences, attitudes, and intentions. Armed Forces & Society, 43(2), 260-279.
  9. Smith, D. G., & Segal, M. W. (2013). On the fast track: Dual military couples navigating institutional structures. Visions of the 21st Century Family: Transforming Structures and Identities (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Volume 7).

Related Blog posts by David
On Mentoring (A few examples)

1. When Men Mentor Women
2. Mentoring Women is not About Trying to Rescue Them
3. The Best Mentors Think Like Michelangelo

On Performance Evaluations

1. The Different Words We Use to Describe Male and Female Leaders
2. How Performance Evaluations Hurt Gender Equality



This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award numbers 2015-48770-24368 and 2019-4877030366.



June 6, 2020
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