Prof. Elizabeth Brake, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Rice University


Elizabeth Brake is Professor of Philosophy at Rice University. She held visiting fellowships at the Murphy Institute at Tulane, the University of Warwick Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Colorado at Boulder Center for Values and Social Policy. She obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews.

Elizabeth Brake’s research is primarily in feminist ethics and political philosophy. Her book, Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality, and the Law (Oxford / New York, 2012), develops a radical proposal for marriage law reform. She published in journals such as Ethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Social Theory and Practice, Kantian Review, and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. She is currently working on two new projects:one on the state’s role in disaster response, the other on bad behavior in relationships. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Elizabeth Brake is member of the CAS Research Group "Relationships in Transition: Normative Challenges" of Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler.