From 2005-2009, Brooks was a weekly op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com. Brooks's previous positions include Special Counsel to the President at the Open Society Institute, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, Consultant for Human Rights Watch and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
In addition to her popular writing, Brooks has written numerous scholarly articles on international law, failed states, post-conflict reconstruction and the rule of law, human rights, terrorism and the law of war. Her book, "Can Might Make Rights? The Rule of Law After Military Interventions," (with Jane Stromseth and David Wippman) was published in 2006 by Cambridge University Press. Brooks is currently working on a book about the changing role of the U.S. military.
Brooks received her A.B. from Harvard, followed by a master's degree from Oxford and a law degree from Yale.
Brooks has two children and a dog. She divides her time between Alexandria, Virginia and Colorado Springs, Colorado, where her husband is a battalion commander in the Army’s Fourth Infantry Division.