Sara Curran

Professor, Director, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology



Sara Curran is Professor of International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She holds a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology, is Director at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, another joint appointment at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, and is adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health. Curran researches migration, globalization, gender, climate change and adaptation, and development. Curran employs a variety of research techniques, including qualitative field work, survey field work, regression modeling, mixed methods, and spatial and network analyses. She teaches JSIS 501, JSIS 300, and JSIS 512. She also is the faculty advisor for the Jackson School Journal and helps direct the Jackson School’s Applied Research Program.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D. Sociology, 1994
  • North Carolina State University, M.S. Sociology, minor in Economics, 1990
  • University of Michigan, B.S. Natural Resource Management, minor in Economics, 1983

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