Department of Political Science


Professor Phillip Ayoub

Professor Phillip Ayoub
Professor of International Relations 
Room: 2.01, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Email: p.ayoub@ucl.ac.uk

I am a Professor in the Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy at University College London. I also serve as co-Editor of the European Journal of Politics & Gender. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2013, after obtaining a B.A. from the University of Washington and M.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Cornell University. I also spent time as Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, as Assistant and Associate Professor at Drexel University, and as Associate Professor at Occidental College.

My work has received various honours, including a Fulbright Schuman Fellowship, a Humboldt Chancellor Fellowship, a Cornell Sage Fellowship, a Mellon Writing Fellowship, three FLAS Fellowships, a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, an EUSA dissertation award, two APSA dissertation awards, a Cornell Esman Prize for distinguished scholarship, a Cornell Kahin Prize for IR-focused research, a Council for European Studies best article prize, and a Drexel Provost Award for Outstanding Early-Career Scholarly Achievement.


My 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. I am particularly interested in how the transnational mobilization of marginalized peoples and international channels of visibility influence socio-legal change across states. 

My first book, titled When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility (amazon: look inside), was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. It uses a mixed-method approach, combining large-n quantitative analysis with in-depth qualitative analysis of key cases, to explore the domestic conditions under which international norms governing LGBT rights are most likely to spread. 

Other publications have appeared in the 'American Political Science Review', 'Comparative Political Studies', 'Political Research Quarterly', the 'European Journal of Political Research', the 'European Journal of International Relations', 'Mobilization', the 'Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies', 'Politics & Gender', 'German Politics' and 'Social Politics', among others. 

Please see my Google Scholar profile for publications: https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=Wg9fVJQAAAAJ&hl=en 

I teach courses related to international relations, comparative politics, social movements, sexuality and politics, and European politics.

For my work with students, Drexel University awarded me the Fellowships Faculty Mentor Award (Pennoni Honors College) in 2017.