Sophia Rosenfeld

Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania.


Some recent publications

Democracy and Truth: A Short History. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Common Sense: A Political History. Harvard University Press.

A Revolution in Language: The Problem of Signs in Late Eighteenth-Century France. Stanford University Press.

Texts to download

“The French Revolution in Cultural History”. Journal of Social History, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 555–565.

“Of Revolutions and the Problem of Choice”, in D. Bell & Y. Mintzer, eds. Rethinking the Age of Revolutions: France and the Birth of the Modern World. Oxford University Press, pp. 236-272.

“Human Rights and the Idea of Choice”. University of Vienna 10th Gerald Stourzh Lecture on the History of Human Rights and Democracy. Held on 23 May 2018.

“On Lying: Writing Philosophical History after the Enlightenment and after Arendt”, in J. Isaac et al., eds. The Worlds of American Intellectual History, eds. Oxford University Press, pp. 228-236.

“‘Europe,’ Women, and the American Political Imaginary: The 1790s and the 1990s”. Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 271-277.

“L’Europe des cosmopolites: quand le XVIIIe siècle rencontre le XXIe”, in A. Lilti and C. Spector, eds. Penser l’Europe au XVIIIe siècle: commerce, civilization, empire. Voltaire Foundation, pp. 203-228.

“On Being Heard: A Case for Paying Attention to the Historical Ear”. The American Historical Review, No. 116, pp. 316-334.

“Tom Paine’s Common Sense and Ours”. William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 633-668.

“Before Democracy: The Production and Uses of Common Sense”. Journal of Modern History, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 1-54.

“Writing the History of Censorship in the Age of Enlightenment”, in D. Gordon, ed. Postmodernism and the Enlightenment: New Perspectives in Eighteenth-Century French Intellectual History. Routledge, pp. 117-145.