Dylan Conger


Dylan Conger is Associate Professor and Director of the masters in public policy program. She is also a research affiliate at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy and New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy.

Dr. Conger’s research concerns disadvantaged, immigrant, and minority youth with a focus on education policies and urban areas. Current projects include examining the effects of public policies and programs on the educational outcomes of undocumented immigrant and English Language Learners from early schooling through post-secondary; estimating the effect of Advanced Placement and other advanced high school courses on educational outcomes; and identifying the sources of gender disparities in secondary and post-secondary educational outcomes.

She has published in several policy, education, and social science journals including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, Journal of Urban Economics, Social Science Research, and Social Science Quarterly.

Dr. Conger is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy and the Editorial Boards of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Educational Researcher. She is also a Technical Panel Member for the National Center for Education Statistics’ National Assessment of Educational Progress High School Transcript Study.  Before joining the faculty of the Trachtenberg School, Dr. Conger held research positions at the Vera Institute of Justice and Abt Associates, Inc. where she conducted implementation and impact evaluations of large and small-scale social and education programs.

Dr. Conger received her BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, her MPP from the University of Michigan, and her PhD in public policy from New York University.