Climate Change, Ethics, Justice, Refugees, Environment, Gender, International Law.
University of California, Irvine.
Simona Mila Capisani is a Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. She was awarded her PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. She also completed a Graduate Feminist Emphasis from the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Irvine and earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from San Francisco State University. Her areas of specialty are in Political and Social Philosophy and Ethics (Normative and Applied). Her current research addresses the implications of climate instability for the territorial state system and for philosophical and normative reasoning about global justice and immigration. 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 its claims to territorial sovereignty rights and jurisdictional authority.