Shannon Drysdale Walsh is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her book manuscript Engendering State Institutions: Government Responses to Violence against Women in Latin America explains variation in state response to violence against women focusing on Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Her scholarship helps explain how countries with few resources and longstanding patterns of discrimination against women make institutional advances that facilitate the implementation of violence against women laws. A core finding is that women’s transnational advocacy networks have provided necessary political pressure and financial resources to help strengthen the rule of law. She has several published (and forthcoming) peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and policy papers, and she has written more than a dozen affidavits as an expert witness for cases of women seeking asylum from domestic abuse in Central America. Her research has been awarded external funding from the American Association of University Women, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright-Hays.