Dr Laura Brace

Dr Laura Brace

Director of Research and PhD Studies

Associate Professor

BA, PhD (Manchester)

Contact Details

Research Interests

My research interests are in the politics of property, and in particular concepts of self-ownership, commodification and slavery. I work on the idea of property in the history of political thought and in contemporary political theory to explore the limits of ideas about freedom, labour and belonging and their intersections with race, class and gender.

Current Research

I am currently exploring the politics of both ‘old’ and ‘new’ slavery, and the discourses of abolition in the 1790s.

Recent Research Activities

The department hosted a ESRC seminar series on the Politics of Victimhood in 2011, which built on my keynote lecture ‘The Opposites of Slavery’ at the Human Rights, Victimhood and Consent Workshop in Bergen, and my book chapter on slavery, recognition and belonging.

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in political thinkers, especially Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau and in political concepts, especially justice, the social contract and freedom as well as feminist theory and practice, property and self-ownership. I am currently supervising 'Environmental human rights’.

Learn more and apply for research degrees in Politics and International Relations.

Teaching

  • PL3121 The Politics of Slavery

Recent Publications

Books

The Politics of Property The Politics of Property (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2004)

Book Chapter and Journal Articles

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