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Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Women, Gender and Sexuality (WGS)

Denise Walsh

Discipline: Politics and Women, Gender, and Sexuality
University of Virginia


Denise Walsh (Ph.D. New School for Social Research) is Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. She teaches courses on gender politics in developing countries, as well as gender and human rights, identity politics, and gender-based violence. In 2007 she received the UVA Lantern Society Award for Leadership in Women’s Education. Walsh’s first book, Women’s Rights in Democratizing States: Just Debate and Gender Justice in the Public Sphere, compares Chile, Poland, and South Africa to explain why a transition to democracy rarely advances women’s rights. She has also published articles on quotas, citizenship, and women’s organizing. Her current research on multiculturalism and women’s rights conflicts in Canada, India, and South Africa explains why legislation aimed at resolving these rights conflicts intensifies the oppression of minority women. Over the past two summers Walsh did field research for this project, interviewing politicians, civil servants, activists, lawyers, non-governmental organizations, and scholars in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Stellenbosch, South Africa, and then their counterparts in Edmonton and Ottawa, Canada.