Dylan Conger

Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration / Director, Doctoral in Public Policy and Administration
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-1456
Fax: 202-994-6792

Areas of Expertise

  • Education Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Youth Policy



Dylan Conger is Associate Professor. 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 a managing editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and on two advisory committees for the U.S. Department of Education. She has served 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. 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.


PhD, Public Policy, New York University
MPP, University of Michigan
BA, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Selected Publications

“Immigrant Students and Education in the U.S.” (with R.Hinze-Pifer). in Douglas J. Besharov, Mark H. Lopez and Melissa Siegel (eds.) A World in Motion: Trends in Migration and Migration Policy. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Undocumented College Students in the United States: In-State Tuition Not Enough to Ensure Four-Year Degree Completion.” (with C.Chellman). Education Finance and Policy 8(3), 364-377, 2013.

“The Effect of Grade Placement on English Language Learners’ Academic Achievement.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 35(4): 395-412, 2013.

“The Effects of Immigrant Communities on Foreign-born Student Achievement,” (with A.E. Schwartz and L. Stiefel). International Migration Review 45(3), 675-701, 2011.

“Does Bilingual Education Interfere with English Language Acquisition?” Social Science Quarterly 91(4): 1103-1122, 2010.

“Age of Entry and the High School Performance of Immigrant Youth,” (with A.E. Schwartz and L. Stiefel). Journal of Urban Economics 67(3): 303-314, 2010.

“Why Are Men Falling Behind? Explanations for the Gender Gap in College Outcomes,” (with M.C. Long). The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 627(1): 184-214, 2010.

“Explaining Race, Gender, and Poverty Disparities in Advanced Course-Taking,” (with P. Iatarola and M.C. Long). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 28(4): 555-576, 2009.

Externally-Funded Research

National Science Foundation. Evaluation of the Sustainability and Effectiveness of Inquiry-Based Advanced Placement Science Courses: Evidence from an In-Depth Formative Evaluation & Randomized Controlled Study. Co-Principal Investigator with M.C. Long (PI) and R. McGhee, 2012-2016.

Foundation for Child Development. The Cumulative Effect of the Primary School Experience on English Language Learners. Principal Investigator with Co-PI Y. Uchikoshi, 2009-2011. 

Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education, The Implications of High School Course Availability and Course-Taking for Achievement, Graduation, and Postsecondary Enrollment. Co-Principal Investigator with P. Iatarola (PI) and M.C. Long, 2007-2009. 

Foundation for Child Development. Time to English Proficiency for Young English Language Learners. Principal Investigator. 2007-2009. 

Spencer Foundation. Trajectories of Immigrant Performance Over Time. Co-Principal Investigator with A. E Schwartz (PI) and L. Stiefel, 2006-2009. 

University of Michigan National Poverty Center. The Effect of Source-Country on the Academic Achievement of Foreign-born Students in New York City Public Schools. Principal Investigator. 2005-2006.


Member, Institute of Education Sciences Scientific Review Panel, 2015-2017
Editorial Board, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2012-2015
Editorial Board, Educational Researcher, 2013-2014
Board of Directors, Association for Education Finance and Policy, 2011-2014
Technical Panel Member, National Center for Education Statistics National Assessment of Educational Progress High School Transcript Study, 2011-2014.
Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), 2012
Outstanding Reviewer Certificate, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2009, 2012
Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar Award, 2007-2009 (also listed under grants)
Honorable Mention, American Education Finance Association Dissertation Award, 2005
Semi-finalist, Spencer Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2003
Doctoral Fellowship, New York University/Vera Institute of Justice, 1999-2001
Teaching Assistantship in Econometrics, University of Michigan (declined), 1995
Teaching Assistantship in Microeconomics, University of Michigan, 1994
Honors Distinction, University of California at Berkeley, 1992
Program Committee, APPAM Conference, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Program Committee, AERA Conference 2008, 2009
Program Committee or Reviewer, SREE Conference, 2012, 2013, 2014

Classes Taught

PPPA 6002  Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6013  Econometrics for Policy Research I
PPPA 6006  Policy Analysis

Dr. Dylan Conger (and her kids)

Dr. Dylan Conger photobombed by her kids.