Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
BA, MA, University of North Texas; Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Areas of Expertise
International political thought
Science, technology and global politics
Dinneen, Nathan. "The Corinthian Thesis: The Oratorical Origins of the Idea of the Balance of Power in Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon." International Studies Quarterly 62. 4 (2018): 857-866. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Ecological Scenario Planning and the Question of the Best Regime in the Political Theory of Hans Jonas." Environmental Politics 26. 5 (2017): 938-955. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "The Socratic Teaching of Constructivism: A Reading of Pangle and Ahrensdorf’s Justice Among Nations: On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace." Perspectives on Political Science 46. 3 (2017): 187-198. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Aristotle’s Political Economy: Three Waves of Interpretation." POLIS: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 26. 5 (2015): 938-955. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Hans Jonas's Noble 'Heuristics of Fear': Neither the Good Lie Nor the Terrible Truth." Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 10. 2 (2014): 1-21. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Progress or Return? Interpreting Leopold's 'Land Ethic' as an Evolutionary-Ecological Critique of Modernity." Environmental Politics 23. 4 (2014): 688-703. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Precautionary Discourse: Thinking Through the Distinction Between the Precautionary Principle and the Precautionary Approach in Theory and Practice." Politics and the Life Sciences 32. 1 (2013): 2-21. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "Review Essay." Rev. of Leo Strauss on Science: Thoughts on the Relation between Natural Science and Political Philosophy, by Svetozar Minkov. Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 2017: 75-81. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. Rev. of Retrieving Aristotle in an Age of Crisis, by David Roochnik. Perspectives on Political Science 2014: 179-180. Print.
Dinneen, Nathan. "The Corinthian Thesis: On the Oratorical Origins of the Idea of the Balance of Power in Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon." Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Cornell University. Ithaca, New York. 22 Sep. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Tech, Ethics & Global Politics
This course examines the mutual influence of science, technology and global politics within the framework of international ethics. Contemporary debates around drones, climate change, cyber security, the Ebola pandemic, hydraulic fracturing, renewable energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and nuclear power reveal the field of International Relations must take scientific and technological developments more seriously. In order to comprehend the mutual influence of science, technology, and global politics, the course will examine the political project of the early moderns, who sought the removal of traditional, moral restraints on scientific and technological innovations, as well as the international efforts to regulate scientific and technological innovation beginning in the twentieth century and continuing to the present day.
Artificial Intelligence and the Political Good
This course examines the political promises and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) through the consideration of the technological trajectories and possible scenarios of advanced AI. Possible discussion topics may include: The compatibility of AI with the political principles of liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness to understanding what an AI arms race between countries might entail. Domestically, will the prospect of greater job automation produce mass unemployment with severe consequences? Globally, will the weaponization of AI make going to war easier? Questions like these are inherently political and the movement toward greater AI capabilities raises the more general question of whether humanity will be able to regulate, both domestically and globally, a technology that promises to surpass all technology that has gone before it. This course will seek to anticipate and prepare for the risks that advanced AI poses to domestic and global politics. The goal will be to think about how advanced AI can be prudentially oriented toward beneficial practices for the sake of the political good.
Environmental Ethics and Political Ecology
This course examines environmental issues through a variety of political and ethical perspectives. The goal of the course is to understand how the meaning of political and ethical concepts (e.g., citizenship, justice, responsibility, security, sovereignty) have been broadened or reinterpreted in light of the ascendancy of environmentalism. For instance, the course will cover questions concerning whether environmentalism has encouraged a more precautionary sort of politics, especially in regard to agricultural biotechnology, along with how it has transformed the traditional military definition of security to include new notions such as climate or food security. To address these questions and issues, the course fosters an appreciation of the ethical reasoning of the interdisciplinary field known as political ecology. An emphasis on the ethical reasoning of political ecology will facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of environmental issues through unraveling the political forces at work in environmental change at both the global and local levels.
Greece and the Political Imagination
As a region once comprised of many city-states, transformed into an empire, occupied by foreign armies, and now unified as a nation-state, Greece plays a pivotal role in the political imagination. Themes of freedom, war, justice, heroism, piety, beauty, love, tyranny, democracy, colonialism, nationalism, immigration, and sovereignty pervade its rich literary, artistic, and intellectual heritage. This course examines how these themes are expressed in literary and artistic political works that reflect the history of Greece in all of its variety. These themes are also discussed through a survey of Greek political philosophy from antiquity to the present.
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February 13, 2020
RIT’s Global Opportunities grant offers $500 to liberal arts majors to study abroad
The Global Opportunities (GO) grant, a partnership between RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and RIT Global, is the latest incentive program to encourage students to experience learning in other countries.