Eileen Hunt Botting, “A Vindication of the Rights and Duties of Artificial Creatures”

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Eileen Hunt Botting, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, will give a research presentation entitled “A Vindication of the Rights and Duties of Artificial Creatures” to an interdisciplinary group of NDIAS Fellows, guest faculty, and students.

Botting is the author or editor of seven books, including Family Feuds: Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family (SUNY, 2006), Feminist Interpretations of Alexis de Tocqueville (Penn State, 2009, co-edited with Jill Locke), the first scholarly edition of Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker (NEHGS, 2011, co-edited with Sarah L. Houser), a scholarly edition of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (Yale, 2014), Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women’s Human Rights (Yale, 2016), Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in “Frankenstein” (Penn, 2017), and The Wollstonecraftian Mind (Routledge, forthcoming 2019, and co-edited with Sandrine Bergès and Alan Coffee). She has also authored over fifty articles, chapters, essays, and reviews, in venues such as Aeon MagazineThe Washington PostPolitical TheoryHistory of European IdeasThe American Political Science Review, and Reproductive Ethics II.

She was a recipient of an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship in 2015-2016 and the New England Research Fellowship Consortium’s Colonial Society award in 2009-2010. She is currently a president-elect of the Women and Politics research section of the American Political Science Association. She was elected a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2014 and a non-resident member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts in 2012. With Sarah L. Houser, she won the triennial Edition Award from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers in 2011. In 2014, she won the Okin-Young award from the American Political Science Association for the best article published in feminist political theory during the previous year.  She is a member of the 1993 class of Marshall Scholars and an alumna of Bowdoin, Cambridge, and Yale.