Eileen Hunt Botting

Eileen Hunt Botting
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Professor of Political Science
  • Residential Fellow (2019-2020)
  • “Three Political Science Fictions: Apocalypse, Nature, and Lovelessness”

Eileen Hunt Botting is Professor of Political Science, a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Concurrent Faculty in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She will complete two books while a Distinguished Fellow of the NDIAS: Mary Shelley and the Politics of Making Artificial Life: Political Science Fictions after “Frankenstein” and Portraits of Wollstonecraft.

She 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 Magazine, The Washington Post, Political Theory, History of European Ideas, The 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.