Elizabeth Bruenig

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Elizabeth Bruenig
Elizabeth Stoker

(1990-12-06) December 6, 1990 (age 28)
ResidenceWashington, DC, U.S.
EducationBrandeis University B.A, University of Cambridge M.Phil.
EmployerThe Washington Post
Spouse(s)Matt Bruenig

Elizabeth Bruenig (born December 6, 1990) is an American journalist who works as an opinion writer and editor for The Washington Post.[1] She writes about ethics, politics, theology, and economics from a progressive point of view.[2] Previously, she was a staff writer for The New Republic.[3] Bruenig's writing has also appeared in the Boston Review,[4] The Nation,[5] Jacobin,[6] and Salon.[7]

She is described as being on "the Catholic Left"[8] by Rod Dreher in The American Conservative. In a profile published by Washington Monthly, she is described as "the most prominently placed of a small but increasingly visible group of young writers unabashedly advocating for Democratic socialism."[9]


Bruenig graduated from Brandeis in 2013 with a BA in English and sociology.[10] As a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship,[11] she studied at the University of Cambridge, Jesus College, where she earned a Master of Philosophy in Christian Theology.[12] She was named a 2014-2015 Presidential Fellow at Brown University, where she was a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies until leaving to work in journalism.[13]


On September 19, 2018, Bruenig wrote the story "She reported her 2006 rape. Then nothing happened. In the #MeToo era what do we owe to her?", which attracted broad national attention.[14][15] Bruenig had attended the same high school, Martin High School in Arlington, as the story protagonist, the rape survivor Amber Wyatt, and remembered the "shameful aftermath"[16] of the story from her youth. She had started tracking the details of Wyatt's story since 2015.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Bruenig is married to Matt Bruenig; they have a daughter, Jane, and live in Washington, DC.[1] Elizabeth and Matt met in their high school debate team in Arlington.[9] Together they broadcast a podcast through Patreon, The Bruenigs.[18] Both Bruenigs have been featured guests of the politics and humor podcast Chapo Trap House, although not together. In the past, they have written together for The Atlantic.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Elizabeth Bruenig joins Opinions staff as writer and editor". The Washington Post. 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  2. ^ "Shorenstein Center Speaker Series: Elizabeth Bruenig | Harvard College". college.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Bruenig". The New Republic. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. ^ Review, Boston (2014-01-31). "Elizabeth Bruenig". Boston Review. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Bruenig". The Nation. 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Bruenig". jacobinmag.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  7. ^ "Salon.com | News, Politics, Business, Technology & Culture". www.salon.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  8. ^ Dreher, Rod. "Liz Bruenig's Search For Truth". The American Conservative. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  9. ^ a b Edelman, Gilad (2018-07-15). "What the new socialists really want". Washington Monthly. July/August 2018. ISSN 0043-0633. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  10. ^ "Undergraduate Admissions | Brandeis University". www.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  11. ^ "Elizabeth Stoker '13 wins Marshall Scholarship". BrandeisNOW. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  12. ^ "Elizabeth Bruenig". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  13. ^ "2014-2015 Presidential Fellows | Graduate School". www.brown.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  14. ^ "What Happens When A Rape Is Reported, But No One Is Prosecuted". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  15. ^ Dreher, Rod. "What Happened To Amber Wyatt". The American Conservative. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  16. ^ "If you want to #believesurvivors, start with this Arlington rape victim". star-telegram. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  17. ^ Stevens, Heidi. "2 stories that remind us the Brett Kavanaugh story is about us as much as it is about him". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  18. ^ "The Bruenigs are creating a podcast". Patreon. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  19. ^ Stoker, Matt Bruenig and Elizabeth. "Matt Bruenig and Elizabeth Stoker". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-02-10.