Eileen Botting


Political Science

Eileen Hunt Botting is the Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Associate Professor of Political Science and the director of Gender Studies.  Her teaching and research focuses on the history of modern political thought, particularly Enlightenment, American, and feminist political thought.  She teaches courses on the social contract tradition from Hobbes to Rawls (Modern Political Thought), the impact of revolutionary political thought on the creation of "Frankenstein" (Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley), the American women's rights movement from the Revolution to the Nineteenth Amendment (Women in American Political Thought), and feminist theories of how gender affects the human experience (Gender and Human Development).  She involves her undergraduate and graduate students in her research, including her current book projects: "Inventing Feminism: Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women's Rights Activism" and the first edition of Hannah Mather Crocker's 1827 hand-written manuscript "Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston."