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Penn in Washington Student Wins Best Political Science Major Honors!

The Political Science Department's Robert Holtz Memorial Prize, awarded to the best overall Political Science major graduating each May, is being awarded to Jordan Dannenberg! Jordan is a participated in the Semester in Washington program in Fall 2014. She graduated with a 3.90 cumulative GPA (including NINE A+'s!) and serves as Editor in Chief of Penn’s undergraduate political science journal, Sound Politicks. She also wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Jessica Stanton, titled "Civil Wars, Weapons, and Warriors: Why States Select Different Methods of Military Intervention.” As Professor Stanton notes of the thesis: 

"Jordan has written an impressive senior thesis examining variation in the character of foreign military intervention, asking why some interventions involve the deployment of troops, while others involve the provision of weapons.  This is a question that scholars studying military intervention have identified as important, but have yet to tackle themselves. To answer this question, she ambitiously decided to combine a rigorous statistical analysis of all military interventions in post-Cold War civil wars with detailed case studies of the incredibly complex civil wars that have occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past two decades.  Jordan's findings highlight the importance of distinguishing between different types of foreign military intervention, demonstrating that the factors driving government decisions about whether to intervene militarily in an ongoing civil war are not necessarily the same as the factors driving government decisions regarding which type of intervention to deploy."

After leaving Penn, Jordan will be working in the Special Victims Bureau in the Manhattan District Attorney's Offices in their Sex Crimes Unit.

Congratulations, Jordan!