Eileen Hunt Botting

Eileen Hunt Botting


Fields of Study: Political Theory

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

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

Eileen Hunt Botting is a political theorist whose scholarly interests cover 17th-19th century political thought from Hobbes to Mill; feminism, liberalism and the family; human rights, women's rights, and children's rights; the ethics of biotechnology and artificial intelligence; and comparative, international, literary, and feminist approaches to political theory and the history of political thought. Her 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). Her current book project is Political Science Fictions after 'Frankenstein': Mary Shelley and the Politics of Making Artificial Life and Intelligence. She has received grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2015-16), the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (2019), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics Program (2019-20) to support her writing.

On leave Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

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