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Phillip Ayoub, PhD

Phillip Ayoub, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Office: 3025 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.2495

Additional Sites:


  • 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

Research Interests:

International relations, comparative politics, transnational social movements, marginalized groups


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. In 2016, Cambridge University Press published his book, "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, and the European Union Studies Association biennial 2013-14 prize 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 or are forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, Mobilization, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of Human Rights, Critique Internationale 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.

Selected Publications:


Refereed Journal Articles

Refereed Book Chapters

For a complete list of publications, please visit my webpage.