My name is Shira Eini Pindyck, and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests include international security, strategic studies, comparative inclusion regimes and networks, and gender analysis.

My dissertation research studies the relationship between military innovation and gender, including how tactical and technological changes can challenge existing hierarchies within military organizations. I am interested in answering questions such as: Why are some military innovations harder than others to successfully integrate and utilize? How do countries’ armed forces address such challenges? Do certain innovations make militaries more inclusive? My research extends from historical case studies of medical innovations, to the experiences of drone pilots, to large-N analysis of the participation of women in militaries world-wide.

Before entering the PhD program at Penn, I conducted research at the International Institute for Counterterrorism, the Herzl Center at Haifa University, and the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. I hold an M.A. in Government from IDC Herzliya and a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in History from Barnard College.

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