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 joined the Department of 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 the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Section award for Best Dissertation, and the American Political Science Association’s Sexuality and Politics Section award for Best Dissertation. It also received the 2014 Janice N. and Milton J. Esman Graduate Prize for distinguished scholarship, and the 2011 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 (both from Cornell University).

Professor Ayoub’s publications have appeared in the European Journal of International Relations, 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.


Refereed Journal Articles

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Triangulation in Social Movement Research.’ (with Sophia Wallace and Chris Zepeda-Millán) in Donatella della Porta (ed.) Methodological Practices In Social Movement Research, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 67-96, 2014
  • 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, Collective Identities, and Globalization, New York: New York University Press, 230-257, 2014
  • ‘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
  • Introduction.’ (with David Paternotte) in Phillip Ayoub and David Paternotte (eds.) LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe: A Rainbow Europe?, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 1-25, 2014
  • Conclusion.’ (with David Paternotte) in Phillip Ayoub and David Paternotte (eds.) LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe: A Rainbow Europe?, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 233-240, 2014