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Deirdre Martinez

Deirdre Martinez, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow in the Fox Leadership Program and Director of Penn in Washington. Before earning her doctorate with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education in 2006, she was an advocate and policy analyst in the non-profit sector and served as Legislative Director to Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA). Her doctoral thesis, which revised John Kingdon's multiple streams model for decision making within interest groups, won the Politics of Education Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, and has been adapted for publication as "Who Speaks for Hispanics?” (SUNY Press, February 2009).

As Director of Penn in Washington, Dr. Martinez advises several hundred Penn students a year on finding internships in Washington, D.C. and has written Washington Internships: How to Get Them and Use Them to Launch Your Public Policy Career (Penn Press, February 2009). More recently she has published Internships Everywhere: Opportunities Outside the Beltway.

Dr. Martinez teaches several classes about policymaking in the United States and is a premajor advisor in the College of Arts and Science at Penn.

To contact Dr. Martinez, email her at or make an appointment here.