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CURRICULUM VITAE

Michaela Kathleen Curran

1150 Watkins Hall

Department of Sociology

Riverside, CA  92507

mcurr003@ucr.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Riverside (expected 2018)

Dissertation: “Income Inequality, Development, and Health Inequalities: A Cross-National Investigation.” 

Committee: Matthew C. Mahutga (Co-Chair), Bruce G. Link (Co-Chair), Augustine Kposowa, and David Brady (UCR School of Public Policy).

My dissertation examines the relationship between income inequality, economic development, and population health using a variety of health indicators and statistical models.

MA., Sociology, University of California Riverside, 2013

BA., Sociology, University of Central Arkansas, 2005

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Global Health/ Economic Development / Political Economy / Quantitative Methods

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Kwon, R. and M. Curran. 2016. “Immigration and support for redistributive social policy: Does multiculturalism matter?” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 57(6):375-400 (Lead article).

Owen, J. E., Curran, M., Bantum, E. O., and R. Hanneman.  2016. “Characterizing Social Networks and Communication Channels in a Web-Based Peer Support Intervention.” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Jun;19(6):388-96.

Curran, M., Schwarz, E.A.G., and C. Chase-Dunn. 2015. “The Occupy Movement in California” in Todd A. Comer, Ed., What Comes After Occupy?: The Regional Politics of Resistance. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

BOOK REVIEWS

Chase-Dunn, C. and M. Curran. 2013 “Book Review of Smith and Wiest: Social Movements in the World System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation” Mobilization 18(1): 482-483.

WORKS UNDER REVIEW

Mahutga, M. C., Curran, M., and A. Roberts. “Job Tasks and the Comparative Structure of Income and Employment: Routine Task Intensity and Offshorability for the LIS.” Revise and Resubmit. International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Coyne, G. and M. Curran. 2015. “Evaluation of the Writing Support Program, Spring 2013-Spring 2014.”  Internal Report. University of California, Riverside.

Coyne, G. and M. Curran. 2014. “Assistance, Counseling, and Encouragement (ACE) Program: Impact on GPA and Departure in Academic Years 2011-12 and 2012-13.” Internal Report. University of California, Riverside.

Coyne, G. and M. Curran. 2014. “Supplemental Instruction: Patterns of Student Use and Impact on Course Grades, Academic Year 2011-2012.” Internal Report. University of California, Riverside.

Cantwell, A. M. and M. Curran. 2013. “CNAS to CHASS Swirl.” Internal Report. University of California, Riverside.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

University of California, Riverside                                                                                        Riverside, CA

National Science Foundation Grant# 1421237 (Organizational logics, labor-market institutions and the conditional effect of production globalization on income inequality in advanced capitalist countries)

Principal Investigator: Matthew C. Mahutga

October 2015 – July 2017, Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Riverside                                                                                        Riverside, CA

National Institutes of Health Grant#7R21CA166029 (Efficacy of social network “eHealth” interventions, treatment engagement, and health outcomes for cancer patients)

Principal Investigators: Jason E. Owen, Erin O’Carroll Bantum, and Robert Hanneman

January 2014 – Present, Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Riverside                                                                                        Riverside, CA

Undergraduate Education (Office of Evaluation and Assessment)

October 2012 – June 2017, Graduate Student Researcher

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of California, Riverside                                                                                        Riverside, CA

Department of Sociology

June 2014-August 2015, Teaching Assistant

Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology – Soc 001 (Summer 2014), Development of Sociological Theory – Soc 168 (Fall 2014), Statistical Analysis – Soc 005 (Winter 2015), Sociological Foundations, The City – Soc 002 (Spring 2015), Theoretical Foundations – Soc 003 (Summer 2015), Sociology of Economic Organizations – Soc 150 (Summer 2015), Statistical Analysis – Soc 005 (Summer 2017)

CONFERENCE AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Mahutga, M. C. and M. Curran. 2017. “Income Polarization in Rich Democracies.” Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Refereed Roundtable Session, American Sociological Association 112th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec. August.

M. Curran and R. Kwon. 2017. “Embedded Aid: Do Donor and Recipient Connectedness to Global Networks Matter for Foreign Aid Allocation?” Section on Political Economy of the World-System Refereed Roundtable Session and Business Meeting, American Sociological Association 112th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec. August.

Kwon, R. and M. Curran. 2016. “Immigration and support for redistributive social policy: Does multiculturalism matter?” California Sociological Association, Riverside, CA. November.

Curran, M. 2016. “Tourism, Sex Work, and the HIV Pandemic.” Section on Sociology of Development Refereed Roundtables, Gender and Work in the Global South, American Sociological Association 111th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. August.

Mahutga, M. C., Curran, M., and A. Roberts. 2016. “Job Tasks and the Comparative Structure of Wages and Employment: Routine Task Intensity and Offshorability for the Luxembourg Income Study.” Policy and Research Workshop: Introduction to LIS – A Resource for Cross-National Research on Poverty, Inequality, Employment, and Wealth, American Sociological Association 111th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. August.

Curran, M. and D. Blum. 2016. “Self-Efficacy, Neighborhood Effects, and Health Behaviors.” Social Resources and Health Roundtable. Society for the Study of Social Problems 66th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.  August.

Curran, M. 2016. “Institutional and Cultural Factors in Foreign Aid Allocation.” University of California, Riverside, Sociology Department Graduate Research Symposium, Riverside, CA. March.

Owen, J. E., Bantum, E. O., Hanneman, R., Curran, M. Lorig, K., and P. Ritter. 2015. “Impact of social-networking on dose and effects of mobile health interventions.” Invited presentation to the Health Informatics and Communication Branch, National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. October.

Curran, M. 2015. “The Trivers-Willard Hypothesis Reconsidered: Is Natural Selection at Work in U.S. Families?” Section on Evolution, Biology and Society Paper Session. Sexualities and Other Evolutionary and Biological Themes in the Study of the Social World, American Sociological Association 110th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. August.

Curran, M. and D. Blum. 2015. “Social Disorganization and Cardiovascular Disease Prevalence.” University of California, Riverside, Sociology Department Graduate Student Symposium, Riverside, CA. March.

Curran, M. 2014. “Development Assistance for Health: The Effects of Geopolitical and Cultural Relations on Aid Allocation in the Era of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals.” Session 121: Globalized Austerity, Poverty, and Social Policy I, Society for the Study of Social Problems 64th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. August.

AWARDS

2016       Blum Initiative Graduate Research Fellowship, University of California, Riverside , Amount: $4000

2016       University of California, Riverside, Graduate Research Mentorship Program Fellowship

2011-14  University of California, Riverside, Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship

2005       University of Central Arkansas, Honors College Undergraduate Scholar (Designation for a graduating student who successfully completes and defends an Honors College Thesis)

2004-05  University of Central Arkansas, Honors College Fellowship

2003       University of Central Arkansas, Kathryn Hinson Outstanding Sociology Student

2000-04  University of Central Arkansas, President’s Scholarship

SERVICE

2016-19  Webmaster, Political Economy and World Systems (PEWS) ASA Section

2016-17  Volunteer Copy-Editor, Journal of World-Systems Research

2016       Occasional Reviewer, Sociological Focus

2014-17  Computing Committee, University of California, Riverside, Department of Sociology

2014-17  Administrator, Political Economy and World Systems (PEWS) ASA Section External Listserv

2014-15  Alumni and Development Committee, University of California, Riverside, Department of Sociology

2014       Evaluator, Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of California, Riverside, April 29 –April 30, 2014

2014       Sociology Department Graduate Student Representative for the Department Fair at Highlander Day (a University Open-house for Prospective Students), April 12, 2014.

2013-14  Newsletter Committee, University of California, Riverside, Department of Sociology

2013      Evaluator, Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of California, Riverside, April 29 – April 30, 2013

AFFILIATIONS

American Sociological Association

Society for the Study of Social Problems

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES

C++ / CSS / HTML / Java/ JavaScript / R / SharePoint / Stata / SQL / VB.NET

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Hewlett Packard Company                                                                                         Conway, AR

North America Strategic Proposal Center, Document Manager

May 2010 – September 2012

Acxiom Corporation                                                                                                     Conway, AR

Client Delivery Group, Client Delivery Analyst

July 2009 – May 2010

Project Management Office, Operations Management Project Administrator

September 2008 – July 2009

Administrative Assistant–Enterprise Project Management Office

September 2006 – July 2008

ICT Group                                                                                                                        Conway, AR

Team Lead / QA–WaMu Appraisal Department (Outsourced)

October 2005 – September 2006