A Virginia native, Elizabeth Brake was educated at The Universities of Oxford (B.A.) and St. Andrews (M. Litt., PhD). She has been an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Arizona State University since 2011. From 2000-2011 she taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary, Canada. In 2007-2008 she held a Fellowship at the Murphy Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University. In 2005-2008 she held a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant.
Her work is primarily in feminist ethics and political philosophy. Her book, Minimizing Marriage, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She has also written on parental rights and obligations, political liberalism, and the ethics of Kant and Hegel. Another area of interest is philosophy and literature, and she has published articles on philosophical themes in Henry James and Bob Dylan.