Sarah Gaby

Ph.D Candidate

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I am currently teaching Sociology 411: Social Movements and Collective Behavior. I study social movements, organizations, education, and inequality with a particular focus on youth civic engagement. My dissertation examines how organizations engage and politicize youth participants. I also write for the Mobilizing Ideas blog. More about my research can be seen here.

Curriculum Vitae

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My research focuses on inequality in civic and political life. Read about my work and download publications.


Learn about my award winning teaching and teaching-related publications here.


The Triangle Youth Civic Engagement Project is a multi-method student of youth civic associations. Learn more here

Peer Reviewed Publications


Gaby, Sarah. Forthcoming. “The Civic Engagement Gap(s)Youth Participation and Inequality From 1976 to 2009.” Youth & Society. (Full Text Available Here)

Gaby, Sarah. Forthcoming. “Media Use and Participant Inclusion: Influences on Efficacy in Paid Staff Youth Non-Profit Civic Organizations.” Emerald Studies in Media and Communications

Caren, Neal, Sarah Gaby, and Catherine Herrold. 2017. “Economic Breakdown and Collective Action.” Social Problems. 64(1): 133-155. (Full Text Available Here)

Gaby, Sarah and Neal Caren. 2016. “The Rise of Inequality: How Social Movements Shape Discursive Fields.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly. 21(4): 413-429. (Full Text Available Here)

Andrews, Kenneth T. and Sarah Gaby. 2015. “Local Protest and Federal Policy: The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the 1964 Civil Rights Act.” Sociological Forum. 30(S1): 509-527. (Full Text Available Here)

Gaby, Sarah and Neal Caren. 2012. “Occupy Online: How cute old men and Malcolm X Recruited 400,000 U.S. Users to OWS on Facebook.” Social Movement Studies.

Caren, Neal, Kay Jowers, and Sarah Gaby. 2012. “A Social Movement Online Community: Stormfront and the White Nationalist Movement.” In Jennifer Earl, Deana A. Rohlinger (ed.) Media, Movements, and Political Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 33), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.163-193.


Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Teaching Fellow
SOCI 411 – Social Movements (Summer 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)
SOCI 273 – Social and Economic Justice (Summer 2016)

Department of Sociology, Elon University, Adjunct Instructor
SOC 131 – Sociology Through Film (Winter 2016)

Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Teaching Assistant
SOCI 414 – Sociology of the City and Urabanization (Spring 2011)
SOCI 469 – Sociology of Medicine and Society (Fall 2010)

Department of Sociology/Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence, Brandeis University, Teaching Assistant
SOC 119a – War and the Possibilities of Peace, Fall 2007