Daniel J Curran

Professor; President Emeritus

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Daniel Curran is a professor of sociology and served as the 18th president of the University of Dayton until his retirement in 2016. Dr. Curran was the first lay leader of the University 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.


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1980
  • M.A., Temple University, 1978
  • B.S., Saint Joseph's University, 1973

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.