Phillip Ayoub, PhD

Assistant Professor

Phillip Ayoub, PhD

Office: 3025 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.2495



  • PhD, Government, Cornell University, 2013
  • MA, Government, Cornell University, 2010
  • MA, Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
  • BA, International Studies and German, University of Washington, 2003


Phillip Ayoub will join the Department of History and Politics as an Assistant Professor in 2014, after spending a year as Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. He received his PhD from the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, with a focus on marginalized populations, transnational politics, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation, When States ‘Come Out’: The Politics of Visibility and the Diffusion of Sexual Minority Rights in Europe, which explains how the transnational mobilization of marginalized peoples and international channels of visibility influence social and legal change across states. Using a mixed-method approach that combines large-n quantitative analysis with in-depth qualitative analysis of key cases, it explores the domestic conditions under which international norms governing LGBT rights are most likely to spread. The earlier dissertation project won Cornell’s George McT. Kahin Prize, for the research in the areas of international relations and foreign policy studies judged to hold the greatest promise as a contribution to the discipline.

Professor Ayoub’s publications have appeared in Mobilization, the European Political Science Review, and Perspectives on Europe. He has received various grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Schuman Fellowship for the European Union, an Alexander von Humboldt Chancellor Fellowship, a Cornell Sage Fellowship, a Mellon Writing Fellowship, three FLAS Fellowships, and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship.



  • ‘Cooperative Transnationalism in Contemporary Europe: Europeanization and Political Opportunities for LGBT Mobilization in the European Union.’ European Political Science Review, 5(2), 2013
  • ‘Building Europe: The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and LGBT Activism in Central and Eastern Europe.’ (with David Paternotte) Perspectives on Europe, 2012
  • ‘Repressing Protest: Threat and Weakness in the European Context.’ Mobilization, 15(4), 2010
  • ‘Challenging Borders, Imagining Europe: Transnational LGBT Activism in a New Europe.’ (with David Paternotte) in Nancy Naples and Jennifer Bickham-Mendez (eds.) Border Politics, Social Movements and Globalization, New York: New York University Press, Forthcoming.
  • ‘Caught in a Web?: The Internet and the Deterritorialization of Activism’ (with Olga Brzezinska) in David Paternotte and Manon Tremblay (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism, Farnham: Ashgate, Forthcoming.
  • ‘Triangulation in Multi-Method Social Movement Research.’ (with Sophia Wallace and Chris Zepeda-Millán) in Donatella della Porta (ed.), Methodological Practices In Social Movement Research, manuscript under review at Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.