Phillip Ayoub is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University. He received his PhD from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2013, after obtaining a BA from the University of Washington and MA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Cornell University. He also spent a year as Max Weber Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute.
Phillip's research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, engaging with literature on transnational politics, sexuality and gender, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. He is particularly interested in how the transnational mobilisation of marginalised peoples and international channels of visibility influence socio-legal change across states. His book, When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility, was published by Cambridge University Press in April 2016. It uses a mixed-method approach, combining large-n quantitative analysis with in-depth qualitative analysis of key cases, in order to explore the domestic conditions under which international norms governing LGBT rights are most likely to spread.
He teaches courses related to international relations, comparative politics, social movements, human rights, European politics, and research methods.