Phillip Ayoub (PhD, Cornell) is Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in political and social sciences at the European University Institute and future assistant professor of politics at Drexel University. Phillip completed his PhD in the Department of Government at Cornell University, after receiving a B.A. from the University of Washington and M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Cornell University. His research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, engaging literature on transnational politics, gender and politics, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. Phillip is particularly interested in how the transnational mobilization of LGBT peoples and international channels of visibility influence social and legal change across states. 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. Using a mixed-method approach, combining 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. His publications have appeared in Mobilization, the European Political Science Review, Perspectives on Europe, and Trans-Atlantic Perspectives. 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.
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