Dana Moss, PhD


2419 Wesley W. Posvar Hall


Dana M. Moss is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research specializes in the study of social movements, authoritarianism and state repression, transnationalism and diasporas, and the Middle Eastern region. Dana’s work appears or is forthcoming in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Social Forces, Mobilization: An International Journal, and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, among other venues. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, and the University of California’s Human Rights Fellowship. In 2010, she co-founded The Yemen Peace Project, which is dedicated to promoting cultural and artistic exchange between Americans and Yemenis.

Fields of Interest

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


  • PhD, University of California Irvine, 2016

Dr. Moss's current research investigates the conditions under which collective actors challenge authoritarian systems and practices, both domestically and transnationally including:

1. How activists challenge state policies and practices in authoritarian contexts;

2. The ways in which authoritarianism extends across borders and how it impacts diasporas;

3. The conditions under which protest events in non-democratic settings escalate into violent confrontations and conflicts.

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.

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