I am University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. My field is contemporary political philosophy, mainly (but not exclusively) Anglo-American analytical theory. There are three main strands to my work: feminism, liberalism, and social construction.
I am the author of three books: Clare Chambers, Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice (Penn State University Press, 2008); Clare Chambers and Phil Parvin, Teach Yourself Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (Hodder, 2012); and Clare Chambers, Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State (OUP, 2017).
- Liberalism: autonomy, choice, consent, distributive equality, equality of opportunity, multiculturalism, religion, global justice, liberal feminism, political v comprehensive v perfectionist liberalism, public reason, the work of John Rawls.
- Feminism: the body, beauty and appearance norms, cosmetic surgery, personal relationships, marriage, parenthood, liberal feminism, radical feminism, the work of Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon.
- Social construction: social norms, the limitations of choice, genealogy, social practices, gender, culture, religion, the work of Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu.
I am also:
- The Secretary of the UK & Ireland Association for Political Thought.
- Associate Editor of the journal Res Publica.
- A member of the Executive Committee of The Aristotelian Society.
- A member of the Working Party on Cosmetic Procedures for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
On these pages you will find more information on my research, publications, teaching, public engagements and impact.