Eileen Hunt Botting, Professor of Political Science, is Faculty Director of University Merit Scholarship Programs, including the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, Stamps Scholars Program and other merit-based scholarship programs at Notre Dame. She advises students with merit scholarships, mentors those who are preparing proposals for summer enrichment experiences and develops lectures, colloquia, discussion forums and other supplementary learning opportunities.
A member of the Notre Dame political science faculty since 2001, Botting is a political theorist whose scholarly interests include 17th- through 19th-century 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.
Her most recent book is Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women’s Human Rights, published last year by Yale University Press. With a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, she has completed a book titled Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in Frankenstein, due from Penn Press in October 2017.