Sophia Rosenfeld

Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld

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


Some recent publications

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2019).

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

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2011).

Common Sense: A Political History. Harvard University Press.

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2001).

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

Texts to download

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2019).

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

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2018).

“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.

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2018).

“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.

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2016).

“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.

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2015).

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

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2014).

“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.

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2011).

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

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2008).

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

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2008).

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

  • Rosenfeld, S. (2005).
  • Rosenfeld, S. (2002).
  • Rosenfeld, S. (2001).

“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.