Dana M. Moss is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include collective action and social movements; authoritarianism and state repression; transnationalism and diasporas; qualitative and comparative methods; and the Middle Eastern and North African region. Dana’s work appears in the American Sociological Review (with David Snow), Social Problems, Social Forces (with David J. Frank, forthcoming), Mobilization, and the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, among other venues.
Dana recently graduated with her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation, titled “The Arab Spring Abroad: Mobilization among Syrian, Libyan, and Yemeni Diasporas in the U.S. and Great Britain,” analyzes how anti-regime activists mobilized to support the 2011 uprisings and determines why their roles in the revolutions varied significantly. She was awarded multiple grants to conduct fieldwork for this study, including the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies’ Predoctoral Fellowship.
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.