Dana M. Moss is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of California, Irvine’s graduate program in Sociology and a William Podlich Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy. Her research interests include collective behavior, social movements, and state repression; transnationalism and diasporas; qualitative and comparative methods; Arab populations, and the Middle Eastern and North African region. She is excited to be joining the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the fall of 2016. Dana’s dissertation, titled “The Arab Spring Abroad: Mobilization among Syrian, Libyan, and Yemeni Diasporas in the U.S. and Great Britain,” will analyze how anti-regime activists mobilized to support the recent Arab revolutions and determine why the character of their activism has varied significantly. She was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to complete data collection for this study.

Dana’s co-authored a paper with David A. Snow titled “Protest on the Fly: Toward a Theory of Spontaneity in the Dynamics of Protest and Social Movements,” appears in the December 2014 issue of the American Sociological Review. Her 2014 article in Mobilization examines how activists in the Kingdom of Jordan, a “liberalized” authoritarian state, adapt and respond to repressive tactics wielded by the regime and the Intelligence apparatus.  The study shows how the tactical interactions taking place between the regime and its challengers produce a process of contained escalation, which has precluded reform-oriented movements from inciting revolution.  This paper won the 2014 A. Kimball Romney Award for Outstanding Research Paper in the School of Social Sciences.

In addition to the NSF dissertation grant, Dana has received a Social Sciences’ Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2016), the Department of Sociology’s Outstanding Research Award (2015), the American Institute of Yemeni Studies’ Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (2012), the University of California’s Human Rights Fellowship (2011), a fieldwork grant from UCI’s Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (2014), and UCI’s Kugelman Citizen Peacebuilidng Research Fellowship (2011, 2013, and 2015), among other awards.

Dana was the Research Associate for the Department of Sociology at Villanova University from 2006 until 2010; she obtained an interdisciplinary M.A. from Villanova in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Middle Eastern studies.  In 2009, Dana attended the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies in Yemen’s capital for intensive summer Arabic study, and in 2011, she studied advanced Arabic as a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship in ‘Amman, Jordan.  She is also co-founder of the Yemen Peace Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about Yemen and promoting understanding between Americans and Yemenis. You can follow her on Twitter at @YPPDana.