Dana Moss, PhD


2419 Wesley W. Posvar Hall


Dana Moss is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research investigates the emergence and consequences of collective action against authoritarianism, both at the local and transnational levels, across the Middle Eastern region, and among diasporas in the US and Great Britain. Dana's work has been published in venues such as the American Sociology ReviewSocial Forces, Social Problems, Mobilization: An International Journal, Comparative Migration Studies, Globalizations, and Political Geography. She graduated with her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2016. 

Fields of Interest

  • Social Movements
  • Authoritarianism and State Repression
  • Transnationalism and Diasporas
  • Middle Eastern Region


  • PhD, University of California Irvine, 2016

Dana Moss' research addresses three questions:

(1) how do regimes repress their critics?

(2) under what conditions do repressed groups challenge regimes?

(3) in a globalized world, how does power and resistance transcend the border of the nation-state?

By focusing on social movements that emerged during the 2012 Arab Spring uprisings, she examines the challenges that local and transnational actors face in combating authoritarianism and the conditions that enable them to challenge illiberal power.

Moss, Dana M. “Transnational Repression, Diaspora Mobilization, and the Case of The Arab Spring.” Social Problems. November, 2016, 63 (4): 480-498.

Moss, Dana M. “Diaspora Mobilization for Western Military Intervention during the Arab Spring.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. July-Sept 2016, 14 (3): 277-297.

Moss, Dana M., forthcoming. "Voice After Exit: Explaining Diaspora Mobilization for the Arab Spring." Social Forces (Advanced access online: https://bit.ly/2Xwvyzg).

Chaudhary, Ali R. and Dana M. Moss. 2019. "Suppressing Transnationalism: Bringing Constraints into Theories of Immigrant Transnational Political Action." Comparative Migration Studies 7(9): 1-22 (Open access: https://rdcu.be/btrE5).

SOC 0230 Social Research Methods

SOC 1227 Rebellion Against Authority

SOC 1319 Immigration (Writing-Intensive)