Walsh

Selected Publications:

“Multiculturalism and Women’s Rights,” The Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory, edited by Chris Brown and Robyn Eckersley (Oxford University Press: forthcoming).

“A Feminist Approach to Quotas and Comparative Politics,” Critical Perspectives on Gender and Politics: Gender Quotas and Comparative Politics, Politics & Gender 9 (3) 2013: 322-328.

“Does the Quality of Democracy Matter for Women’s Rights? The Public Sphere and Democratic Transition in Chile and South Africa,” Comparative Political Studies, 45 (11) 2012: 1323-1350 (lead article, Online First, March 2012).

Women’s Rights in Democratizing States: Just Debate and Gender Justice in the Public Sphere (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Website:  http://denisewalsh.weebly.com

 

 

 

First Name: 
Denise
Position: 
Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality
Email: 
denise@virginia.edu
Computing ID: 
dmw3v
Phone: 
434-982-2131
Office Address: 

Department of Politics
S454 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
PO Box 400787
Charlottesville, Virginia  22904-4787

Women Gender & Sexuality
202 Levering Hall
PO Box 400177
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Photo: 
D Walsh
Degrees: 

B.A., Bennington College

M.A., Columbia University

Ph.D, New School of Social Research

Introduction: 

Denise Walsh (PhD, New School for Social Research) is Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality. Her research focuses on how liberal democracies can become more inclusive and just. Walsh’s current book project, When Rights Go Wrong: Multiculturalism Versus Women’s Rights, challenges the assumption that conflicts between multiculturalism and women’s rights are inevitable. By investigating polygamy in South Africa, native women’s expulsion from their tribe in Canada and the face veil ban in France, Walsh finds that politicians often manufacture conflicts between multiculturalism and women’s rights for their own benefit, and that multiculturalism and women’s rights can be mutually reinforcing. Walsh’s first book, Women’s Rights in Democratizing States: Just Debate and Gender Justice in the Public Sphere (Cambridge University Press, 2010), compares Chile, Poland, and South Africa, and finds that democratic institutions like political parties, legislatures and social movements often obstruct advances in women’s rights.

Walsh's recent publications include “Organizing Women: Diversifying Leadership and Addressing Discrimination in Political Science Departments,” PS: Political Science & Politics (3) 2015: 459-463, co-authored with Carol Mershon; “A Feminist Approach to Quotas and Comparative Politics,” Critical Perspectives on Gender and Politics: Gender Quotas and Comparative Politics, Politics & Gender 9 (3)

2013: 322-328, and "Does the Quality of Democracy Matter for Women's Rights? The Public Sphere and Democratic Transition in Chile and South Africa," (Comparative Political Studies, 2012).  Walsh won the Best Dissertation Prize from the Women in Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association in 2007, and the Hannah Arendt Award in Politics from the New School for Social Research in 2006. She was a co-winner of the Best Article Prize from the Journal of Southern African Studies in 2006. Walsh’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID, the Collegio Carlog Alberto in Italy, and the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth, and by many organizations at the University of Virginia.  Walsh teaches courses on identity politics, feminist theory, human rights, and violence against women.

Office Hours: 

Office Hours Fall 2018: Tuesday/Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm and by appointment

Faculty Type: 
Core Faculty