Dr. Shira Shmuely

History and Philosophy of Science Inst.
מכון להסטוריה ופילוסופיה של המדעים סגל אקדמי בכיר

General Information

Shira Shmuely holds a Ph.D. in History, Anthropology, and STS from MIT. She also has LL.B and LL.M degrees in law from Tel Aviv University, as part of the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students. Before joining the Cohn Institute, she held a postdoctoral position at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University and was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Dept. III: Artifacts, Actions, Knowledge.) Her dissertation project received the Dissertation Honorable Mention, Division of History of Science and Technology, International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (2019), and she won the Dan David Young Researchers Scholarship in Bioethics (2018).

Shira specializes in the history of human-animal relations and the intersection of law and scientific knowledge, focusing on late 19th century Britain. Her papers were published by leading journals in the history of science and legal studies. Her book manuscript, “The Bureaucracy of Empathy: Law, Vivisection and Animal Pain in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain” was published by Cornell University Press.

Shira is a guest editor of “Human-Animal Boundaries” in The Journal of the History of Biology.



Animal Studies; Law and Science; History of Medicine; Science, Technology and Society (STS); Environmental History

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