Helena Rosenblatt
Position: Professor, History
Professor, French
Professor, Political Science
Professor, Liberal Studies
Professor, Biography and Memoir
Programs: History | French
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8463
Room Number: 5114.11
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Columbia University
Research Interests: European Intellectual History, liberalism, republicanism, Christian thought, the Enlightenment, Early Modern and Modern Europe
Professor Helena Rosenblatt, recent recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, teaches in the PhD Programs in History, French, and Politicial Science, and the MA Program in Liberal Studies at the Graduate Center. She is also a faculty member of the M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir.

Selected Publications


The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-first Century, Princeton University Press, 2018.

Review in The New York Review of Books

Interview on Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV

Review in the New York Times

Interview on The Thought Project podcast

Thinking with Rousseau, ed. H. Rosenblatt and P. Schweigert. (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

French Liberalism from Montesquieu to the Present Day, ed. R. Geenens and H. Rosenblatt (Cambridge University Press, February 2012).

Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (with Related Documents), ed. H. Rosenblatt (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, October 2010).

Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Cambridge Companion to Constant, ed. H. Rosenblatt (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Rousseau and Geneva. From the First Discourse to the Social Contract, 1749-1762, Ideas in Context Series (Cambridge University Press, 1997). Paperback 2007.



Op-ed piece in The Guardian - "Liberal democracy is in crisis. But ... do we know what it is?"

“The Liberal Mysticism of Madame de Staël,” in Life Forms in the Thinking of the Long Eighteenth Century, eds. Keith M. Baker and Jenna Gibbs, University of Toronto Press, 2016.

"Sismondi, from Republicanism to Liberal Protestantism", in Béla Kapossy et Pascal Bridel (dir.), Sismondi: Républicanisme moderne et libéralisme critique / Modern Republicanism and Critical Liberalism, Genève: Slatkine, 2013, p. 123-143.

“Re-evaluating Benjamin Constant’s Liberalism: Industrialism, Saint-Simonianism and the Restoration Years,” in History of European Ideas 30, 1 (2004), pp. 23-37. Translated into German and republished as “Benjamin Constants Liberalismus in neuem Lichte: Industrialismus, Saint-Simonismus und die Restaurationszeit” in Republikanischer Liberalismus: Benjamin Constants Staatsverständnis, ed. Oliver Lembcke and Florian Weber (Nomos, 2013), p. 115-136.

“Liberalism and Religion,”in In the Footsteps of Herodotus. Towards European Political Thought, “Il pensiero politic” Biblioteca no. 33, Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2012.

"Rousseau, Constant, and the Emergence of the Modern Notion of Freedom of Speech," in Freedom of Speech: The History of an Idea, ed. Elizabeth Powers,  (Bucknell University Press, 2011).

"On the Need for a Protestant Reformation: Constant, Sismondi, Guizot and Laboulaye," in French Liberalism from Montesquieu to the Present Day, ed. R. Geenens and H. Rosenblatt (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
"Rousseau the anti-Cosmopolitan," Daedalus, (2008).

"Eclipses and Revivals: Constant's Reception in France and America, 1830-2007," in Cambridge Companion to Constant, (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

"On the Intellectual Sources of Laïcité: Rousseau, Constant, and the Debates about a National Religion," French Politics, Culture & Society 25, 3 (Winter 2007), pp. 1-18.

"The Christian Enlightenment," in The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol VII: Enlightenment, Revolution and Reawakening (1660-1815), eds. Timothy Tackett and Stewart Brown, (Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 283-301.

"Rousseau's Gift to Geneva," Modern Intellectual History 3, 1 (2006), pp. 65-73.

"Madame de Staël, the Protestant Reformation and the History of 'Private Judgement,'" Annales Benjamin Constant 29 (2005), pp.159-170.

"Two Liberals on Religion: Constant and Tocqueville Compared," Annales Benjamin Constant 29 (2005), pp.159-170.