Dr Laura Brace

Dr Laura Brace

Director of Research and PhD Studies

Associate Professor

BA, PhD (Manchester)

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2799
  • Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5082
  • Email: lb21@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough Tower 1007

Personal details


I studied at Manchester University and now work for the University of Leicester as Director of Research and PhD Studies.


  • PL3121 The Politics of Slavery



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

Book chapter and journal articles


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 an 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.


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’.

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School of Politics and International Relations

University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702
Email: HyPIR@le.ac.uk


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