Professional Pic croppedI 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. More about my research can be seen here.

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 and Jonathan Horowitz. “To Act or not To Act: Youth Attitudes Towards Civic Engagement.”

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

Gaby, Sarah and Neal Caren. “The Rise of Inequality: How Social Movements Shape Discursive Fields.”

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.”

Andrews, Kenneth (Andy) and Sarah Gaby. “Studying Movement Campaigns and Conflict Dynamics.”


Caren, Neal and Sarah Gaby. 2011. “Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of
Occupy Wall Street.” Social Science Research Network. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1943168#
•198th in the last year
•69,333 papers submitted in last 12 months
•Top .3%

Caren, Neal and Sarah Gaby. 2011. “Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of Occupy Wall Street.” The Monkey Cage.

Caren, Neal and Sarah Gaby. 2012. “Social Scientists Studying Social Movements.” The Society Pages. By: Sinan Erensu, Kyle Green, and and Sarah Lageson.

Gaby, Sarah. 2012. “How Service Learning Influences Students.” Teaching/Learning Matters.

Caren, Neal, Ali Eshraghi, Sarah Gaby, Brandon Gorman, Michael Good, Jonathan Horowitz, Ali Kadivar, Rachel Ramsay, Charles Seguin, and Didem Turkoglu. 2012. “The New Secessionists: Plotting whitehouse.gov secession petitions.” The Monkey Cage.

Sarah Gaby and Howard E. Aldrich. 2015. “Using Laptops Effectively in Your Classroom.” The Teaching Professor, April.


Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Teaching Fellow        SOCI 411 – Social Movements (Summer 2014, Spring 2015)

Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Teaching Assistant    SOCI 414 – Sociology of the City and Urabanization
SOCI 469 – Sociology of Medicine and Society

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