University Professor; Professor of Sociology , Medicine
Ph.D. 1996 (Sociology), Columbia University; M.P.A. 1992 (Public Policy), Columbia University; B.A. 1990 (Humanities), University of California, Berkeley.
Areas of Research/Interest:
Stratification/mobility; race; urban sociology; social policy; health and society.
Dalton Conley is University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University. He is also holds appointments at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, as an Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). In 2005, Conley became the first sociologist to win the NSF's Alan T. Waterman Award. His research focuses on how socio-economic status is transmitted across generations and on the public policies that affect that process. In this vein, he studies sibling differences in socioeconomic success; racial inequalities; the salience of physical appearance to economic status; the measurement of class; and how health and biology affect (and are affected by) social position.