With a focus in gender equality and public administration, Finkel is a co-director of the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) and has offered her expertise around the world. She was a Social Development Specialist for the Middle East and North Africa region, consulted for the International Food Policy Research Institute, and worked on gender-focused studies in Yemen, Egypt.

Teaching and Research Areas 

Finkel's research focuses on four key areas:

  • Comparative social policy in developed and developing countries
  • Poverty and economic development
  • Gender and development
  • Japanese politics


Select Publications and Funded Research 

  • Global Glass Ceiling in Public Administration (2018-Present).
  • Gender Equality in Public Administration (2015-Present).
  • "A Gendered Perspective on Social Policies in Turkey: What Do Women Think?," Co-authored with Dr. Hulya Oztop, Journal of Education & Social Policy, Vol. 2, N.4, October 2015. 


Awards and Honors 

  • Donald M. Goldstein Teacher of the Year, 2009 & 2015


Consultancies and Public Service 

  • World Bank
  • The International Food Policy Research Institute


Other Academic Positions

  •  Director, Ford Institute for Human Security, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh