Dr. Dalton Conley – Dean, Health Science

Princeton University

Dr. Dalton Conley is the Dean of Health Science at University of the People.

Dr. Conley holds a B.A. from the University of California – Berkeley, an M.P.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, and an M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Biology (Geonomics) from NYU.


In addition to his work with University of the People, Dr. Conley was previously Dean for the Social Sciences, as well as University Professor at New York University. He holds faculty appointments in NYU’s Sociology Department, School of Medicine and the Wagner School of Public Service. He also serves 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).


Conley’s research focuses on the determinants of economic opportunity within and across generations. In this vein, he studies sibling differences in socioeconomic success; racial inequalities; the measurement of class; and how health and biology affect (and are affected by) social position.


Dr. Conley has received impressive awards. In 2005, he became the first sociologist to win the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, given annually to one young researcher in any field of science, mathematics or engineering. He is also a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow; has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation; a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award; an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Conley has been elected to permanent membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and selected as a Young Leader by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations as well as by the French-American Foundation. He has also been named one of nine “innovative minds by SEED Magazine.