Human Rights, International Law, International Courts, Legal Mobilization, Social Movements, Pan Africanism, Black Internationalism 


Ayodeji Perrin researches and writes and teaches about human rights, typically from a social movements perspective. Most of his research focuses on social movements' use of domestic and international courts to pursue policy changes, for example, to overturn criminal prohibitions on adult consensual same-sex sexual conduct and to hold corporations accountable for human rights and environmental abuses.  Other research interests include Islamic law, Islamic feminism, separation of church and state, Africa's international human rights courts, and situating structural racism and anti-racism resistance in historical and comparative context.

Before transitioning into academia, Ayodeji worked in secondary and higher education as an administrator, teacher, counselor, coach, dorm resident, and director of multicultural affairs, and as a government attorney in Philadelphia's courts and on the Board of Ethics.  

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from Tufts, Columbia, and Northwestern universities, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern.

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

  • “African Jurisprudence for Africa’s Problems: Human Rights Norm Diffusion and Norm Generation Through Africa’s Regional International Courts,” in “Regional and Sub-Regional Tribunal: The African Response,” Proceedings of the One Hundred Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (2015)
  • "Introduction to the Special Issue on the Arab Spring,” in University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, vol. 34, no. 2 (2013) 

Courses Taught

  • POLS 3520: International Human Rights Law
  • POLS 3510:  Business and Human Rights: Global Governance and Corporate Accountability Litigation
  • POLS 3520/3550:  LGBT/SOGIE Rights: Legal Mobilization in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 2000:  Racism and Resistance: American Coloniality in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 3910:  Human Rights from Below: Race, Power, Protest
  • POLS 3124:  Politics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity