I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I am currently teaching Sociology 411: Social Movements. My research interests focus on social movements, political sociology, and organizations, particularly as they relate to youth civic engagement.

Below are some of my recent publications and works in progress. You can download a full CV here as well.


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.

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.

Andrews, Kenneth T. and Sarah Gaby. Forthcoming. “Local Protest and Federal Policy: The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the 1964 Civil Rights Act.” Sociological Forum.


Caren, Neal, Sarah Gaby, and Catherine Herrold. “Economic Breakdown and Collective Action.” Revising for resubmission.

Gaby, Sarah. “Youth, Civic Engagement, and Inequality: Participation in Electoral Politics, Volunteering, and Social Movement Activities from 1976-2009.”


Gaby, Sarah, Kay Jowers, Karolyn Tyson, Calvin Morrill, Richard Arum, and Lauren B. Edelman. “To act or not to act: school rules, school socialization and student collective action.”


Caren, Neal and Sarah Gaby. 2011. “Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of
Occupy Wall Street.” Social Science Research Network.
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Gaby, Sarah. 2012. “Social Scientists Studying Social Movements.” The Society Pages.
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