Welcome to the website of Elizabeth Brake!
I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and am on the Editorial Boards of Social Theory and Practice and (starting Oct 1, 2017) Ethics.
My research focuses on marriage, sexuality, procreative ethics, and disaster, from a feminist perspective. I have argued for radical marriage reform and coined the term “amatonormativity” to describe the special privileges given to certain relationships. I’ve also written on feminist political philosophy, the history of philosophy of marriage, and Bob Dylan.
My book Minimizing Marriage won Honorable Mention for the American Philosophical Association Book Prize in 2014, and I have held a Canadian SSHRC grant and a Murphy Institute Fellowship at Tulane. My work has been discussed in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, the Times of India, the Mumbai Mirror, Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy), and on the CW network Morning Dose and TV Ontario. This page collects some of my media appearances and popular writing.
I received a B.A. in Classics and English Literature from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and a M.Litt. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews.