Elizabeth A. Scarbrough

Associate Teaching Professor


Office: DM 341C

Phone: 305-348-2185

Email: escarbro@fiu.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Before joining the philosophy faculty in fall 2016, Dr. Scarbrough taught at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Washington in 2015.

Research Areas

Ethical preservation and display of cultural property.

  • 2023 “Urban Ruins and the Neo-Picturesque Landscape Aesthetic Investigations, Special Issue: Architecture beyond the building. Guest edited by Paul Guyer. Vol. 6 No. 1, p. 5-18. https://doi.org/10.58519/aesthinv.v6i1.12089 (open access)
  • 2023 “The Cape Romano Dome Home: Urban Exploration and the Aesthetic Allure of Abandoned Places” in The Bloomsbury Contemporary Aesthetics Case Studies. DOI: 10.5040/9781350895737.0016 (pre-pub draft here)
  • 2022 “Lizzo Playing Madison’s Flute and Kim Wearing Monroe’s Dress Are Not The Same Aesthetics for Birds, December 2, 2022
  • 2021 “What Makes Nature Beautiful?” in Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice. Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory and Practice is created by Andrew Broady, Elizabeth Burns Coleman, Pierre Fasula, Richard Hudson-Miles, Ines Kleesattel, Xiao Ouyang, Matteo Ravasio, Yuriko Saito, Elizabeth Scarbrough, Matthew Sharpe, Ruth Sonderegger, Valery Vino, and Alexander Westenberg; it is edited by Valery Vino and Christina Hendricks, and produced with support from the Rebus Community. The original is freely available under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license at https://press.rebus.community/intro-to-phil-aesthetics.
  • 2021 “Are Archaeological Parks the New Amusement Parks? UNESCO World Heritage Status and Tourism” in Anton Killin, Sean Allen-Hermanson (eds.) Explorations in Archaeology and Philosophy. Synthese Library (Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science), vol. 433. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-61052-4_13
  • 2020 “Dead Monuments” in The Philosopher’s Magazine Issue 91 (pre-pub draft here)
  • 2020 “Burying The Dead Monuments Aesthetics for Birds, June 18, 2020
  • 2019 “The Ruins of War” in Jeanette Bicknell, Jennifer Judkins, and Carolyn Korsmeyer (eds.) Philosophical Perspectives on Ruins, Monuments, and Memorials. New York: Routledge, 2019: 228-240. (pre-pub draft here)
  • 2018 "Ruminations of Ruination" The Philosophers' Magazine Issue 81, 2nd Quarter (2018)
  • 2016 "Visiting the Ruins of Detroit: Cultural Tourism or Poverty Tour?" The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 34, Issue 3 (2016).
  • 2015 "Authenticity in Ruins: Art Restoration, Architecture, and Beautiful Decay," ARCADE Magazine, Authenticity: Navigating the Real in Cities, Design and Art, Issue 33.2 (Fall 2015).
  • 2014 "Unimagined Beauty," Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 72, Issue 4 (Fall 2014), 445-449.
  • 2014 Book review of Peg Zeglin Brand (ed.), Beauty Unlimited, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2013. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (https://www.hypatiareviews.org/reviews/content/249)