Associate Professor
Ph. D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(206) 543-6479

Sara Curran joined the faculty of the Evans School and Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in 2005. Her research and teaching interests encompass internal migration in developing countries, globalization, family demography, environment and population, and gender.

Curran previously served as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University where she received the 2002 and 2004 outstanding faculty advising award. While at Princeton University, Curran also served as a faculty associate for its Office of Population Research and its Center for International Studies.

Curran is writing a book on her research in Thailand titled Shifting Boundaries, Transforming Lives: Globalization, Gender, and Family Dynamics in Thailand (under contract with Princeton University Press.) In addition to her recent publications listed below, Curran's work has been published in the journals of Asia Pacific Migration Journal, Demography, Globalizations, Population and Development Review, Social Science Research, Teaching Sociology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, and Journal of Marriage and the Family.

Curran holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also holds a MS in sociology and economics from North Carolina State University, and a BS in natural resource management from the University of Michigan.

Her primary appointment is in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Learn more about Associate Professor Curran and her work.

Social Demography
Recent Publications: 
  • A Handbook for Social Science Field Research: Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods co-edited with Ellen Perecman for Sage Publications, 2006
  • Global Governance of Food co-edited for Routledge, 2008
  • Asia Pacific Migration Journal co-edited special issue, May 2008
Courses taught: 
  • PBAF 525: Qualitative Analysis