Shira is researching the intersection of law and science (and in particular the regulation of medical practice); history of pain; environmental history; and human-animal relations. Her dissertation examines notions of pain undergirding the regulation of vivisection in nineteenth-century Britain. During her stay at the Safra Center, she’ll work on the project “The Capable Creature”, which examines the transformations in the moral and legal status of non-human primates in the course of the twentieth-century.
Shira holds an LL.B and LL.M degrees from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. She is a PhD candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and until recently a visiting researcher at Georgetown University Law Center.
Shira’s dissertation project is supported by the National Science Foundation, and she is a recipient of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship.