Daniel J Curran

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Daniel J Curran

Professor; President

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Daniel Curran is a Professor of Sociology as well as the President of the University of Dayton. Dr. Curran is the university's 18th president, and the first lay leader in its 152-year history. He came to Dayton in the summer of 2002 from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia. As a professor, he has taught courses in criminology, social problems, juvenile justice and white collar crime.

Research Interests

  • Most of Dr. Curran's research has focused on ways to address social inequality. He sees one of the roles of Catholic universities as "a social force for change."

Selected Publications

Dr. Curran has published seven books relating to sociology, most of which he co-authored with his wife, Claire M. Renzetti, Ph.D.