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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
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.