Eileen Hunt Botting

Eileen Botting


Regular Faculty - Professor


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


Political Theory


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 scholarly interests include 17th-19th c. political thought; theories of human rights, women's rights, and children's rights; bioethics; and comparative, international, and feminist approaches to the history of political thought. My books include Family Feuds: Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family (SUNY, 2006), Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women's Human Rights (Yale, 2016), and Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in 'Frankenstein' (Penn Press, 2017). I have also edited or co-edited editions of the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah Mather Crocker, two landmark theorists of women's rights in the post-revolutionary era. In 2012, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers gave its triennial edition award to Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston by Hannah Mather Crocker (NEHGS, 2011), a documentary edition which I co-edited with Sarah L. Houser (Notre Dame Ph.D. '09). My work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (2015-16) and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Award from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (2009-10). I was elected a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2014 and a non-resident member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts in 2012. I am a founding member of The Hannah Mather Crocker Society (est. 2013) and The Wollstonecraft Philosophical Society (est. 2017), scholarly groups which advance the study of women in the history of political thought.  In 2014, I won the Okin-Young award for the best article published in the field of feminist political theory from the Foundations of Political Theory Section, Women and Politics Research Section, and Women's Caucus of the American Political Science Association. My next book will be Frankenpolitics: Rethinking Children's Rights after Genetic Engineering.

Office Hours

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Contact Information

Office: 2171 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-5051
Fax: 574-631-4405
Email: ehunt@nd.edu

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Botting CV