Professional Pic croppedI am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I am currently teaching Sociology 274: Social and Economic Justice. My research interests focus on social movements, political sociology, inequality, 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.

My dissertation examines how organizations engage and politicize youth participants. Youth civic organizations range from social movement leadership groups to soccer leagues, and their reach is vast. By some estimates, over one third of U.S. youth participate in voluntary organizations. But, we know little about whether these experiences empower youth and have lasting impacts on their civic and political engagement. To understand organizational influence, I focus on socialization processes in organizations using original survey data combined with a year of ethnographic fieldwork, interviewing, and group observation.  I also consider whether the civic skills and participatory strategies used and learned in organizations extend to practicing civic participation outside of the organizational setting.


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

Caren, Neal, Sarah Gaby, and Catherine Herrold. Forthcoming. “Economic Breakdown and Collective Action.” Social Problems.

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.

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)
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


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


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.”

Gaby, Sarah. “Age, Tweets, and Member Inclusion: Influences on Organizational Efficacy.”


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.