Curran is 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 investigates how social contexts, social categories and social structures of power and hierarchies shape human behavior and how human behavior and human interactions reshape social contexts, social categories and social structures. She focuses these general investigations around migration, gender, family, demographics and ecological well-being in developing country settings, primarily in Southeast Asia and the U.S. Her methodological approaches include quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and program evaluation.