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Shira Ester Cohen

PhD Student
Personal Statement

Shira Ester Cohen is a Political Science Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in International Relations and Methods. Her research interests include military strategy, emerging technologies, and religion. Shira holds a B.A. from the Honors Track in Security, Strategy, and Decision-Making and from the M.A. thesis track in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at Reichman University in Israel. Her MA dissertation explored the decision-making process of an ancient religious leader by using a multi-method approach, including Game Theory, Prospect Theory, and Applied Decision Analysis.

Before starting her Ph.D., she worked as the academic director of the B.A. Honor’s Track, which she graduated from, and as a research assistant at various research institutes. Among her publications, she published an article on the first international crisis of AI in the West Point Journal of Politics and Security. Furthermore, she presented her MA dissertation at international conferences, including MPSA, EPSA, and ISPP.

Primary Subfield
International Relations
Secondary Subfield
Methodology & Formal Theory