Background: Originally from San Diego, CA, Paul Tubig is the son of working-class Filipino immigrants. He started his college experience at San Diego Miramar College, where he discovered his love for philosophy. He transferred to University of California, San Diego and earned a BA in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. Paul took a break from academia to work in a variety of jobs, including tutoring and mentoring refugee teens for the International Rescue Committee's Students-Plus Program and a year-long Americorps service at READ/San Diego, the San Diego Public Library's Adult Literacy Program. Paul returned to academia to pursue an MA in Philosophy at San Francisco State University. After graduating with distinction, Paul entered the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at the University of Washington, where he is presently a Ph.D. Candidate, a member of the Neuroethics Thrust at the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), and affiliate member of the UW Disability Studies Program.
Research: Paul is most invested in topics in social and political philosophy, applied ethics (especially medical ethics and neuroethics), philosophy of disability, philosophy of migration, and critical prison studies. His mentorship with Dr. Anita Slivers at SFSU instilled a deep interest in philosophical issues pertaining to health, disability, and their normative implications. His work as a Neuroethics Research Associate involves engaging with ethical questions arising from the development of implantable brain devices, such as the ethics of cognitive and moral neuroenhancement. Also, as a first-generation Filipino-American and past involvement with the International Rescue Committee, Paul is interested in philosophical issues pertaining to migration, particularly the medical brain drain, the status of refugees, sanctuary cities, and gentrification.
Teaching: Paul currently teaches at Bellevue College, the Washington Correction Center for Women as a faculty member with the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound in-prison college program, and Monroe Correctional Complex as a faculty member with the University Beyond Bars in-prison college program. He has also taught at San Francisco State University and served as a TA at the University of Washington, where he received the UW Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. Paul has taught lower-division courses, such as Introduction to Philosophy, Contemporary Moral Problems, and Introduction to Critical Thinking; and upper-division courses, such as Ethics in Medicine.
Public Philosophy: Paul is committed to various works in public philosophy. In collaboration with the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, Paul organizes the intercollegiate ethics bowl at the Washington Correction Center for Women, where ethics bowl teams comprised of incarcerated college students compete with outside college ethics bowl teams. As a Neuroethics Research Associate, Paul facilitates ethics roundtables with neural researchers in different neurotechnology centers to help them examine the underlying values and presuppositions of their research. He is also the proud coach of the Lake Washington High School ethics bowl team.