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 and affiliate faculty of the Center for Global Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. I hold 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, I serve as director of the UW’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology.

I research gender, migration, and environment in developing countries.  Current projects include: 1) social change and migration dynamics, 2) climate change, natural disasters, and population change, and 3) several projects related to applied research and training. I have authored work that appears in ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social SciencesDemography, Population and Development Review, Social Science Research, Social ForcesTeaching Sociology, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Ambio, Population & Environment, and Journal of Marriage and the Family.

Fun fact.  I’m a very small investor in the film Manchildwritten and directed by Ryan Koo (the son of DIck Bilsborrow and Helen Koo at the University of North Carolina, both demographers).  Manchild will be released on Netflix April 6, 2018.  You can learn more about the film and the filmmaker here.

Most recent c.v. [February 2018]

Call for Papers

I am editing a special issue of Social Sciences.  Please consider submitting a paper by June 1, 2018.  The issue is dedicated to recent work examining the intersection of environment, population dynamics, and development in the context of emerging global regimes.

Recent Talks, Quotes and Policy Briefs

I recently penned an opinion in the Seattle Times regarding the addition of a citizenship question to the Census 2020 form.

On March 15, 2018, I gave a talk about the Rohingya crisis at the International Affairs Forum in Traverse City, Michigan.  Here are a few links to that talk: posted on the JSIS website, on the International Affairs Forum youtube channel.


On January 16, 2018, I was quoted in the New York Times regarding the risks and vulnerabilities of immigration statuses. “Michigan Father Deported After Living In U.S. for Thirty Years.”

On November 22, 2017, Jessica Beyer and I published a working paper on workforce preparedness, stemming from our cybersecurity initiative through the International Policy Institute.

On November 15, 2017, I delivered a talk on the Population Dynamics: Predictions to 2050 for a panel on Solving the Future Challenges of Population Growth sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pacific Northwest. You can see highlights of the panel here.

On November 6, 2017, I delivered a talk on Climate Regimes and Trump for the Trump in the World Series for the University of Washington.


On March 14, 2017, I delivered the 10th D.B. Doran Annual Lecture on Population, Resources and Development at the Hebrew University.  You can view the talk here.  The program is hosted by Hebrew University’s Department of Sociology and Glocal MA Program .


Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Curran, Sara R. & Kim Korinek.  Proposal Accepted for 2018. “Accounting for Migrant Selectivity in a Context of Growing Heterogeneity.” Annual Review of Sociology. 45.

Curran, Sara R. Forthcoming. “Global Studies versus International Studies.” Oxford Handbook of Global Studies. Edited by Mark Jurgensmeyer, Saskia Sassen, Manfred Steger. Oxford University Press.

Fussell, Elizabeth, Sara R. Curran, Matthew Dunbar, Michael A. Babb, and Jacqueline Meijer-Irons. 2017. “Weather-Related Hazards and Population Change: A Study of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms in the United States, 1980-2012.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Volume 669 (1): 146-167.

Curran, Sara R. 2016. “Migration and Development: Virtuous and Vicious Cycles.” in Hooks, Gregory (editor). The Sociology of Development Handbook. Berkeley, CA: UC Press.  Pp. 311-339.

Curran, Sara R., Jacqueline Meijer-Irons & Filiz Garip. 2016. “Economic Shock and Migration: Economic Effects, Migrant Responses, and Migrant Cumulative Causation.” Sociology of Development. 2 (2).

Current Grants

PI, NICHD-P2C, Population Research Infrastructure Grant, 2017-present

Current Service


Committee Member, Robert Lapham Award, Population Association of America

Secretary, Association of Population Centers

University of Washington:

Member, Executive Council, UW President’s Population Health Initiative,

Founding Faculty Advisor, Jackson School Journal of International Studies, 2009-present

Founder, JSIS Applied Research Projects, 2009-present

Steering Committee, Carnegie Corporation Grant team, Bridging the Divide. 2014-present.

Committee Member, Undergraduate Program Committee, Department of Sociology

Member, Faculty Council, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Member, Curriculum Committee, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies