Simona Mila Capisani , Ph.D.

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Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow, Philosophy
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2018, Philosophy
M.A., University of California, Irvine, 2016, Philosophy
M.A., San Francisco State University, 2012, Philosophy


University of California, Irvine
Department of Philosophy
University of California, Irvine
85 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Political and Social Philosophy, Ethics (Normative and Applied), Feminist Philosophy
Academic Distinctions
2015-17 University of California Humanities Research Institute Multi- Campus Working Group Grant
2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award, School of Humanities University of California, Irvine
2016 School of Humanities Graduate Fellowship Recipient, University of California, Irvine
2016 Kavka Foundation Award, University of California Irvine, Department of Philosophy
2015 Pedagogical Fellowship, University of California, Irvine Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation
2012 Distinction (M.A. Thesis), San Francisco State University
Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow, University of California, Irvine
Research Abstract
Simona's current research addresses the implications of climate instability for the territorial state system and for philosophical and normative reasoning about global justice, immigration, and territorial sovereignty. Her dissertation addresses the moral status of people displaced by climate change. In this work, Simona develops a normative framework for grounding obligations to protect climate change-induced migrants and refugees. Her research presents a rights-based account that reveals how the international state system, understood as a social practice, must secure protection against climate-based displacement in order to preserve its moral legitimacy as well as justify its claims to territorial sovereignty rights and jurisdictional authority.
"What We Owe to Climate Refugees"
Professional Societies
International Society for Environmental Ethics
Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)
Philosophers for Sustainability
Other Experience
Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) International 2016—2018

Pedagogical Fellow
University of California, Irvine 2015—2016

Research Center
Research Associate, Agenda for International Development
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