Darlene Conley, PhD

PhD, Sociology/Criminology

Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice

Phone: 206.296.6339

Building/Room: Casey 320

Darlene Conley CV


Darlene Conley grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attained her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University.  She received both her Masters and PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. and she completed both Pre Doctoral and  Post doctoral with the National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Development Research Institute (NDRI) in New York.  She returned to the Seattle area in 1991when she was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington.  While at the University of Washington, she participated in State funded research projects focusing on racial and ethnic disproportionality in the juvenile justice system.

After leaving the University of Washington, she was contracted by State government agencies and philanthropic foundations to conduct research on poverty and unemployment, public housing, women in immigrant communities and homeless youth, Re entry for youth leaving the juvenile justice and gender specific programming for at risk girls.  She also travelled to South Africa, where she provided training for researchers conducting HIV research in prisons for women and juveniles.  She has served on non profit boards for organizations serving at risk youth and youth involved in the juvenile justice system, domestic violence prevention and organizations working with active drug users and recovery addicts in the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Conley’s teaching career spans 2 decades and she has taught sociology and criminal justice courses at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, the University of Washington in Seattle, Central Washington State University, Lynnwood Extension and St. Martins University, and JBLM Extension .   She has published and presented at numerous academic conferences on racial and ethnic disproportionality in the juvenile justice system and is a co editor of Race, Class, Gender and Juvenile Justice in the United States:  A Text Reader.  Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

In addition to her position at Seattle University, Dr. Conley currently teaches part time at St. Martins University, Joint Base Lewis McChord Extension and is a senior researcher at JDA, Inc., a homeland security research and training organization.  She is also the founder of The Talent Tenth Solution, a free coaching service to help disadvantaged high school and college students compete for scholarships and fellowships and to assistant progressive nonprofit organizations with finding funding and increasing their profiles:   https://sites.google.com/site/talenttenthsolution/.

Courses taught at Seattle University include:  Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice, Race, Gender and Crime, Law and Society, Deviance and Social Control and Victims and Victimization.