Simone Gubler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Simone Gubler


Simone Gubler is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno. Before joining the department, she was a research assistant professor of philosophy and core faculty member in the philosophy, politics and economics program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Simone researches questions at the intersection of moral psychology, normative ethics and political philosophy. Much of her research deals with the concept of forgiveness. Against the prevailing view that forgiveness is a positive value, her work urges a skeptical attitude. Forgiveness is not always morally valuable and never morally obligatory; and it should occasion particular concern when drafted into roles in public discourse and legal institutional contexts. Other recent work in ethics deals with the nature of prudence, or self-regarding concern. Her current project in political philosophy develops a novel defense of “cancel culture.”

In addition to her philosophical qualifications, Simone is admitted to practice as a lawyer in Australia and maintains active interests in international human rights law and criminal justice reform.


  • Ph.D., philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., philosophy, The New School for Social Research
  • B.A. (Hons) / LLB (GDLP), Australian National University