Jeremy Adam Smith

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“Jeremy Adam Smith is a most purposeful father, a periodic stay-at-home dad who sees his role as not just a choice that’s best for his family but as a sign of a rapidly changing societal landscape. The Web site he founded, Daddy Dialectic, has become a place for men to discuss the practical parts of parenting, as well as the philosophical, economic and political pieces. And his new book, The Daddy Shift, is a chronicle of a time that he predicts we will look back upon as the start of permanent change.”--Lisa Belkin, The New York Times

“Jeremy Adam Smith says what I wish I could about the politics of fatherhood and what it means to be a dad dedicated to equity, change, and social justice for our children and for all children.”-- Daddy in a Strange Land

Jeremy Adam Smith writes about parenting, science and technology, popular culture, urban life, and politics--sometimes all of them at once.

He is the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, 2009), which the San Francisco Chronicle calls "amazing," author Rebecca Walker calls "wonderful," Mothering magazine praises as "engagingly persuasive," and UrbanBaby rates as one of "the best of 2009." Jeremy is also the co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton & Co., January 2010) and Are We Born Racist? (Beacon Press, August 2010). In September 2011, PM Press will publish Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood, which Jeremy coedited with Tomas Moniz.

Jeremy is also the founder of Daddy Dialectic, a group blog that explores the experiences of twenty-first-century dads, which has earned praise from the Washington Post, New York Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and many corners of the blogosphere. His essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in The Nation,, Mothering, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Utne Reader, Wired, and numerous other periodicals and books.

Jeremy has also been interviewed by many media outlets, including The Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today,, Working Mother, Nightline, NPR, ABC News, NBC News, The Globe and Mail, The Agenda with Steve Paikin (TVO), The Current (CBC), and The Takeaway (BBC World Service/​WNYC).

In 2010-11, Jeremy will be a Knight fellow at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, Jeremy was the editor of, and is the contributing editor of Greater Good magazine, where he is the former senior editor. During his three-year tenure with the print edition of Greater Good, the magazine was nominated for multiple Maggie and Independent Press awards.

Selected Works

Rad Dad
Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
The Compassionate Instinct
Essays on the Science of Human Goodness
Are We Born Racist?
New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
The Daddy Shift
How Stay-at-Home Fathers, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared Parenting are Transforming the American Family
Essays & Stories
Recent Publications
"Entertaining and thought-provoking.” – Lit Haven
Daddy Dialectic
“A really neat site” – Our Bodies, Our Blog “Thoughtful” – Washington Post