Photo: Rio de Janiero, Brazil, following her conference presentation at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, 2009.


Assistant Professor
McKnight Land-Grant Professor (2014-2016)

American Association of University Women
American Fellow (2014-2015)

University of Minnesota Duluth
Department of Political Science
1123 University Drive, 304 Cina Hall
Duluth, MN 55812

(two one eight) 206-2426

Shannon Drysdale Walsh earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for 2014-2016 -- an endowed professorship for promising junior faculty in the University of Minnesota system. She is a recipient of an American Association of University Women American Fellowship (2014-2015) as well as funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was awarded a a residential faculty research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Twin Cities at the University of Minnesota in Fall 2012. During her Ph.D. program, whe was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to conduct fieldwork in Central America and a Mellon/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Her primary field of research explains the development and variation in practices within specialized justice system institutions (police units and courts) that address violence against women in Latin America. She also produces scholarship on the impacts of women's representation, explaining patterns of crime and victimization in Latin America, and sex trafficking in the United States.

Shannon Drysdale Walsh's research and teaching interests include comparative politics in Latin America, women and politics, institutions, comparative democratization, human rights, gender and public policy, and violence against women.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Please see her curriculum vitae for additional information regarding her publications, awards, teaching, ongoing research, and involvement in the discipline.

Her research has been featured in PS: Political Science and Politics in October 2012 and the Kellogg Institute Newsletter (Fall 2010). She discussed her book project in a Fall 2012 interview at the Institute of Advanced Study. This interview was also featured in Brazilian outlets: Veja Brasil, Revista Veja Brasil, and Jornal do Brasil.