• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Professor, Evans School
  • Professor, Sociology
  • Director, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

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Dr. Curran joined the faculty of the University of Washington‘s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance in 2005. She is a Professor of International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Professor of Public Policy & Governance. She is also an  Adjunct Professor of Global Health, affiliate faculty of the Center for Global Studies, the Southeast Asian Center. the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA), and EarthLab. Dr. Curran holds degrees from the Univ. of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resource Management), North Carolina State Univ. (M.S., Sociology and Economics), and the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D., Sociology).

Currently, Dr. Curran serve as director of the UW’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology.

Dr. Curran researches gender, migration, and environment in many contexts around the globe. Some of her current projects include: 1) demography of covid disinformation; 2) social change and migration dynamics, 3) climate change, natural disasters, and population change, 4) several projects related to applied research and training, and 5) global studies research.

  • PhD (University of North Carolina)
  • MS (North Carolina State University)
  • BA (University of Michigan)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Thai
Health Topics 
  • Family Planning
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Research
  • Social Demography
  • Sociology
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Internal migration in developing countries, globalization, family demography, environment and population, and gender


Curran, Sara R. “Micro Perspective: Elaborating Demographic Contributions to the Livelihoods Framework.” Gray, Clark, Hunter, Lori, and Veron, Jacques (Editors) International Handbook on Population and Environment. Oxford University Press. Chapter 3. Forthcoming.

Vincent, Jeffrey, Sara R. Curran, and Mark Ashton “Forest Restoration in Low- and Middle- Income Countries.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 46. Forthcoming.

Curran, Sara R. “Global Perspectives on Social Institutions, Organizations & Relations: Beyond Universalisms and Internationalisms.” Global Perspectives. 1 (1): 13410. August 11, 2020.

Lui, Lake & Sara R. Curran. "I wish I were a Plumber: Transnational Migrations." Current Sociology.
68(7): 872-890. 2020

Merli, Giovanna, Sara R. Curran, and Claire Le Barbenchon. “Demography and Networks.”
Oxford Handbook of Social Networks. Oxford Handbooks Online. Edited by James Moody and Ryan Light. Oxford University Press. 2019.