Debbie Walsh

Director, Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
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Debbie Walsh is director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Walsh joined the Center staff in 1981.

CAWP's education and outreach programs translate research findings into action, addressing women's under-representation in political leadership with effective, innovative programs serving a variety of audiences. As director, she manages and oversees CAWP's multi-faceted programs that include:

  • leadership and campaign training programs that empower women of all ages to participate fully in politics and public life;
  • research illuminating women's distinctive contributions, roles and experiences in politics and government, including the impact of women officeholders and women's routes to elective office; and
  • up-to-the-minute information and historical perspectives about women as candidates, public officials and voters.

Walsh is frequently called upon by the media for information and comment, and she speaks to a variety of audiences across the country on topics related to women's political participation. She was a featured analyst in the Makers: Women and Politics documentary. Walsh is a member of the Circle of Advisors to Rachel's Network and was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her M.A. in political science from Rutgers, where she was an Eagleton Fellow.