Dr. Szentkirályi’s research interests bridge political theory with environmental policy, and broadly consist in environmental justice and the ethics of risk. His new book, titled 'The Ethics of Precaution' (New York: Routledge 2019), explores why it is morally wrong for emitters to release substances into the environment whose health effects are uncorroborated. Contrary to convention, Dr. Szentkirályi argues that actions that create uncertain threats of environmental harm wrongfully gamble with the welfare of those who may be exposed, and that despite the lack of knowledge of the health effects of exposure, emitters are morally obligated to strive to prevent exposing others to potentially harmful emissions. This work has practical implications on national and global environmental policy reform, as well as broad theoretical implications on issues of human rights, justice, and climate ethics—implications that his current research projects explore.
theories of moral responsibility and the ethics of risk, environmental justice, food justice, theories of social justice, human rights, just war theory, teaching and learning in Political Science
WRTG 1150 - First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
Rhetorically informed introduction to college writing. Focuses on critical analysis, argument, inquiry and information literacy. Taught as a writing workshop, the course places a premium on invention, drafting and thoughtful revision. For placement criteria, see the arts and sciences advising office. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
WRTG 3020 - Topics in Writing
Through sustained inquiry into a selected topic or issue, students will practice advanced forms of academic writing. Emphasizes analysis, criticism and argument. Taught as a writing workshop, places a premium on substantive, thoughtful revision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: WRTG 1150 or equivalent (completion of lower-division writing requirement).
WRTG 3030 - Writing on Science and Society
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Through selected reading and writing assignments, students consider ethical and social ramifications of science policy and practice. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course addresses communication with professional and non-technical audiences. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
WRTG 3035 - Technical Communication and Design
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
Rhetorically informed introduction to technical writing that hones communication skills in the context of technical design activities. Treats design as a collaborative, user-oriented, problem-based activity, and technical communication as a rhetorically informed and persuasive design art. Taught as a writing workshop emphasizing critical thinking, revision, and oral presentation skills. Focuses on client-driven design projects and effective communication with multiple stakeholders. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.