Biography

Short bio: Clare Chambers is Reader in Political Philosophy and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State (Oxford University Press, 2017); Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice (Penn State University Press, 2008); Teach Yourself Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (with Phil Parvin, Hodder, 2012); and numerous articles and chapters on feminist and liberal political philosophy. She currently holds a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to work on a project titled Intact: The Unmodified Body.

Long bio: Clare Chambers is Reader in Political Philosophy and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Her main interests are: contemporary feminist theory, including marriage and personal relationships, the body, beauty and appearance, and liberal and radical feminism; contemporary liberal theory, including equality, autonomy, multiculturalism, and Rawlsian theory; and theories of social construction, including feminist and post-structural philosophy.

Clare Chambers is the author of Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State (Oxford University Press, 2017); Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice (Penn State University Press, 2008); Teach Yourself Political Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (with Phil Parvin, Hodder, 2012); and numerous articles and chapters on political philosophy. Her work is regularly featured outside academia, and she engages in impact work.

Before joining the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge in 2006 Clare Chambers was Mary Somerville Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford and, before that, Lecturer in Political Theory at the London School of Economics. She has a D.Phil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford (DPIR and Nuffield College).

Clare Chambers currently holds a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to work on a project titled Intact: The Unmodified Body.

Clare Chambers is also:
The Secretary of the Britain & Ireland Association for Political Thought.
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Res Publica.
A member of the Executive Committee of The Aristotelian Society.
A Trustee of the charity Future Choices (formerly Genital Autonomy).
A member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party that produced the report Cosmetic Procedures: Ethical Issues.

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Previous Career and Visiting Positions

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2013: Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Boalt School of Law, University of California, Berkeley


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2010: Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge


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2009: Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Boalt School of Law
University of California, Berkeley

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2004-6: Mary Somerville Junior Research Fellow, Somerville College
Member of the Centre for the Study of Social Justice
Lecturer in Politics, St. Anne’s and Christ Church Colleges
University of Oxford

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2002-4: Lecturer in Political Theory, Government Department
London School of Economics and Political Science

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1999-2003: DPhil in Political Theory, Department of Politics and IR
University of Oxford

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1998-9: MSc in Political Theory
Government Department
London School of Economics and Political Science

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1997-8: Fast Stream Civil Servant
Cabinet Office

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1994-7: BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
St. Anne’s College
University of Oxford