Eileen Hunt Botting



Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


Fellow, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies
Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society


Political Theory


B.A. in English and Philosophy (Bowdoin College, 1993)
B.A. in Philosophy (Cambridge University, 1995)
Ph.D. in Political Science (Yale University, 2001)

Research and Teaching Interests

Political Theory, Comparative Political Theory, History of Political Thought
Subjects:  Enlightenment, American, Feminist, Liberal, and International Political Thought

Advising Specialties

Graduate and law school; Rhodes and Marshall scholarships; student-athletes.


I am a political theorist whose most recent book is Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women's Human Rights (Yale, 2016). With the support of an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship in 2015-16, I completed the manuscript for my current book project, Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in Frankenstein (under contract, Penn Press). I have also recently edited a scholarly edition of Wollstonecraft's landmark 1792 political treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman for Yale Press (2014). My other books are 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; and the first scholarly edition of Hannah Mather Crocker's Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston, co-edited with Sarah L. Houser (NEHGS, 2011), which won the triennial Edition Award from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers in 2012.  My articles on women, rights, religion, and the family in modern political thought, in Western and non-Western contexts, have been published in journals such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Theory, History of European Ideas, Gender and History, Journal of Women's History, Early American Literature, Women's Studies Quarterly, and The Review of Politics. My History of Political Thought article “Making an American Feminist Icon: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Reception in US Newspapers, 1800-1869” won the 2014 Okin-Young Award from the American Political Science Association for the best article in feminist political theory published in 2013. My research and advising interests, looking forward, will focus on the idea of human rights (especially women's and children's human rights); women's leadership roles and practices in comparative perspective; and my ongoing historical work on Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Hannah Mather Crocker's legacies for feminist philosophy, politics, and literature. I am currently the executive secretary-treasurer and a member of the board of directors for the Hannah Mather Crocker Society, a non-profit organization hosted by Notre Dame, which is devoted to the study of the life, writing, and legacies of America's first author of a book-length philosophical treatise on women's rights, Observations on the Real Rights of Women (Boston, 1818). The website for the society can be found at www.nd.edu/~hmcs. Together with my colleagues in anthropology and film, I am also involved in a multi-year, interdisciplinary research and creative project "Operation Frankenstein," which aims to mark the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's momentous science fiction novel Frankenstein (London, 1818) and its relevance to the arts, humanities, and (social) sciences through a series of conferences, workshops, and artistic events.

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 12:15pm-1:45pm

Contact Information

Office: 436 Decio Hall
Phone: 574-631-5051
Fax: 574-631-4405
Email: ehunt@nd.edu

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Botting CV