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Sara Curran

  • Ph.D. Sociology
  • Director of Training
  • Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology - University of Washington
  • 12PublicationsNumber of items in Sara's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 15Followers


Sara Curran is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on migration, family demography, population and environment dynamics, rural development, immigration to the U.S., and gender inequality. She teaches in all of the preceding fields, as well as research methods, including research design, qualitative methods, and mixed methods. Her research has appeared in the journals Demography, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Population & Development Review, Social Forces, Asia Pacific Migration Journal, International Migration Review, and Human Ecology. Her edited books have been published by Routledge and Sage. She is an active member of the Population Association of America, the American Sociological Association, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. She has served as the chair of the International Migration Section for the American Sociological Association, served on special panels for DBSB’s NICHD study section, and currently serves as an officer for the Population Section of the American Sociological Association. Currently, she serves as a Deputy Editor for Demography, the Population Association of America's flagship journal. She directed undergraduate training programs in Sociology at Princeton University and currently chairs the International Studies Program at the University of Washington. She administers the graduate training program for the UW’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology (CSDE), serves as CSDE’s Associate Director, and directs the UW’s Center for Global Studies. Curran has been recognized nationally and locally for her teaching and mentoring. In 2001, she received a national award for her graduate mentoring from Sociologists for Women in Society; in 2002 she received a graduate mentoring award from Princeton University; and, in 1999 & 2003 she received Princeton Sociology Department’s teaching award.

Recent publications

  • Migration , Social Capital , and the Environnzent : Considering Migrant Selectivity and Networks in Relation to Coastal Ecosystems

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    • Review D
  • Geographic information systems, spatial network analysis, and contraceptive choice.

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    • Rindfuss R
    • Walsh S
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Professional experience

Director of Training

Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology - University of Washington

October 2010 - Present


Center for Global Studies, University of Washington

July 2007 - Present


International Studies Program, University of Washington

July 2007 - Present

Associate Director

Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology - University of Washington

July 2006 - Present

Associate Professor

Jackson School of International Studies/University of Washington

September 2005 - Present

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology/Princeton University

September 1996 - July 2005(9 years)

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Sociology, Princeton University

August 2001 - June 2004(3 years)



Department of Sociology/University of North Carolina

September 1990 - December 1994(4 years)


Department of Sociology & Anthropology/North Carolina State University

September 1987 - December 1990(3 years)


School of Natural Resources/University of Michigan

September 1979 - May 1983(4 years)

Followers (15)

  • Divya Gem Stonex

    Divya Gem Stonex

  • Manoj Sahu

    Manoj SahuInternational Institute for Population Sciences

  • Maxim Kotsemir

    Maxim KotsemirNacional'nyj issledovatel'skij universitet Vyssaa skola ekonomiki

  • Nyarwi Ahmad

    Nyarwi AhmadUniversitas Gadjah Mada Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik

  • Bo Pang

    Bo PangUniversidad Complutense de Madrid Departamento de Sociologia I Cambio Social

  • Sylvia Soto

    Sylvia SotoUniversitat de Barcelona

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