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Thomas D. Donley

  • Professor and Associate Dean of Operations & International Programs
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  • Department of Economics
  • (312) 362-8887
  • ​1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 6215 & 5200
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
MS, Economics,  University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
MA, Economics, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1985
BA, Economics,  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1980


Thomas Donley is a professor of economics  and associate dean of operations and international programs at the Driehaus College of Business. He teaches graduate and undergraduate-level courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and public economics and has received teaching excellence awards from the business college. ​

Donley's research expertise is in applied microeconomics and econometrics, with a focus on labor markets and wage inequality. He has published papers in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Legal Economics and the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

He joined DePaul's faculty in 1990 and rose to professor of economics in 2002. He served from 2007 to 2016 as chair of the Department of Economics, where he established the Master of Science in Economics & Policy Analysis and its innovative fellowship program in Washington, D.C.  As associate dean since 2018, he oversees the college's academic operations as well as its graduate business degree programs in Bahrain and international business study abroad seminars around the globe.

Donley served as president of the DePaul Faculty Council from 2004 to 2006. In this role, he updated the council's faculty representation model and initiated a revision of the Faculty Handbook, which outlines policies and procedures pertaining to DePaul faculty and their governance role at the university.​​​ 

DePaul presented Donley with its Spirit of DePaul Award in 2015. ​

Courses & Syllabi

ECO 106 - Winter 2020