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Drexel Political Science Assistant Professor Receives Awards


July 17, 2017

Drexel Professors Phillip Ayoub and Alison Kenner
CDA 2017-18 awardee Phillip Ayoub, PhD, and CDA 2016-17 awardee Ali Kenner, PhD, both of the Department of Politics.

Phillip Ayoub, PhD, assistant professor of politics received two awards: a 2017-2018 Drexel Career Development Award for his project “Teaching Democracies New Tricks: Same-sex Unions and the Power of Social Teaching” and, with co-author Jeremiah Garretson, also received the inaugural Annual Best Article Award from the Gender and Sexual Research Network of the Council for European Studies for their article ‘Getting the Message Out: Media Context and Global Changes in Attitudes toward Homosexuality’ published in Comparative Political Studies journal. In its 10th year, the Drexel Career Development Awards from the Office of Faculty Affairs is an award designed for faculty to develop their networks.

On their selection of the best article, the Gender and Sexual Research Network of the Council for European Studies selection committee statement announced the award on July 14, 2017:

“The impact of this paper is, on an empirical level, that they illustrate a long-term and global trend of more liberal attitudes towards homosexuality. On a theoretical level, they link their findings to more mainstream questions and theories about norm diffusion, role of media, and cultural globalization. In both regards, the paper makes a most valuable contribution to and beyond gay studies.”

The Gender and Sexuality Research Network aims at bringing together scholars working on gender and sexuality and enhancing research around a vast range of topics regarding gender and sexuality, including agenda-setting, policy change and policy implementation, multi-level governance, gender equality, gender dynamics in elections, voting behavior, and women’s and LGBT movements.

Ayoub is the author of "When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility" (Cambridge University Press 2016). This fall, he will teach Power in Protest: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective and The European Union in World Politics. This winter, Ayoub will teach Intro to Political Science and the Politics of LGBT Movements and Rights, a course which opens its guest lectures to the public.

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