Shira is a freelance journalist and fixer currently based in Tel Aviv. Her work has been featured in USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, the London Evening Standard, and MSNBC, among others.
Shira recently received a Masters degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Hebrew University, where she conducted thesis research on Syrian refugee women recently recruited to Salafi networks in Jordan.
She has previously worked as an intern at the Associated Press and at the Jerusalem Post, where she wrote for their online editions.
During her undergraduate studies at New York University, Shira studied post-colonialism and African art in Ghana, gender studies in Argentina, and Middle Eastern politics in Tel Aviv. She graduated from NYU with a BA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Religious Studies in May 2010, and was then accepted as a US State Department Critical Language fellow to study Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian dialect in Cairo.
Shira has an obsession with words and the evolution of language as cultural indicators, and has a passion for living on the road.
Shira fluently speaks English, Arabic, Hebrew and French.
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