LEVENTE (LEV) SZENTKIRÁLYI† received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a rostered faculty member in UCB’s Program for Writing and Rhetoric, where he teaches discipline-specific academic writing and problems of applied ethics. Dr. Szentkirályi’s research interests, which bridge normative political theory with environmental policy, broadly consist in the ethics of risk, moral responsibility, and environmental justice. His multifaceted teaching experience includes interdisciplinary, service-learning, online, and hybrid courses in political theory, international relations, and academic and technical writing. Dr. Szentkirályi has been awarded for teaching excellence, he has received grant funding to develop new course curricula, and he has presented papers on teaching and learning at the premier research and teaching and learning conferences in political science.
Dr. Szentkirályi is currently completing a book manuscript on environmental risk and the ethics of precaution, which explores why it is morally wrong for emitters to release substances into the environment whose health effects are uncorroborated. Bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging and growth hormones (rBGH) in dairy products are but two familiar examples of the 70,000 substances manufactured in the U.S. and routinely emitted into the environment, for which toxicity data is limited or absent. He engages arguments in both environmental policy and normative ethics that claim that in the absence of evidence verifying a probable risk of severe harm to public health, preventatively regulating the emission of such substances is unjustified. And in rejecting conventional treatments of uncertainty, 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 actual health effects of exposure, emitters are morally obligated to strive to prevent exposing others to potentially harmful emissions.
† pronounced: sěnt-kē-rŏ-yē :: “sent-key-rah-yee”