Sara Curran


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 Professor of International Studies, Professor of Public Policy & Governance & Professor of Sociology. She also has an adjunct appointment in Global Health and is an affiliate faculty of the Center for Center for Studies in Demography & EcologyCenter for Global Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the iSchool’s TASCHA. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resource Management), North Carolina State University (M.S., Sociology and Economics), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D., Sociology).  Currently, Curran serves as director of the UW’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology. Recently, Curran was selected to join the Executive Council of UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s new Population Health Initiative. This exciting endeavor provides an outstanding opportunity to amplify UW’s substantial health research, training, and applications across the entire campus on behalf of local and global healthy outcomes.

Curran researches gender, migration, and environment in developing countries. Current projects include social change and migration, climate change and migration, and disaster disparities. She has authored work that appears in ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social SciencesDemographyPopulation and Development ReviewSocial Science ResearchSocial ForcesTeaching SociologyJournal of International Women’s StudiesAmbio, Population & Environment, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. For more information about Curran’s latest publications, teaching, and projects, please visit her website:

  • 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