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

Jackson School of International Studies
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I 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. I am Professor of International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Professor of Public Policy & Governance. I am 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. I hold 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, I serve as director of the UW’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology.

I research gender, migration, and environment in many contexts around the globe. Current projects include: 1) social change and migration dynamics, 2) climate change, natural disasters, and population change, 3) several projects related to applied research and training, and 4) global studies research. I have authored work that appears in ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Demography, Population and Development Review, Social Science Research, Social Forces, Teaching Sociology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Ambio, Population & Environment, and Journal of Marriage and the Family.  Most recent c.v. [August 2020]

  • 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. 2020. “Global Perspectives on Social Institutions, Organizations and Relations: Beyond Universalisms and Internationalisms” Global Perspectives. 1 (1): 13410.

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.