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Helena Rosenblatt
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: 212 817 8440
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D.
Research Interests: French Intellectual History, The Enlightenment, Protestantism, French Political Thought

Primary concentrations:

French Intellectual History, The Enlightenment, Protestantism, French
Political Thought


  • Rousseau and Geneva. From the First Discourse to the Social Contract, 1749-1762, Cambridge University Press, 1997. Paperback 2007.
  • Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant (1767-1830) and the Politics of Religion, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Chapters in books:

  • “Eclipses and Revivals: Constant’s Reception in France and America, 1830-2007,” in Cambridge Companion to Constant, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2009.
  • “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.

Selected Articles:

  • “Rousseau the anti-Cosmopolitan,” Daedalus, Summer 2008.
  • “On the Intellectual Sources of Laïcité: Rousseau, Constant, and the Debates about a National Religion,’” French Politics, Society and Culture 25: 3 (Winter, 2007):1-18.
  • “Madame de Staël, the Protestant Reformation, and the History of ‘Private Judgement,’” Annales Benjamin Constant 31-32 (2007): 143-154.
  • “Rousseau’s Gift to Geneva,” Modern Intellectual History 3:1 (2006): 65-73.
  • “Two Liberals on Religion: Constant and Tocqueville Compared,” Annales Benjamin Constant 29 (2005): 159-170.
  • “Why Constant? A Critical Overview of the Constant Revival,” Modern Intellectual History 1:3 (2004): 439-453.
  • “Re-evaluating Benjamin Constant’s Liberalism: Industrialism, Saint-Simonianism and the Restoration Years,” History of European Ideas 30: 1 (2004):. 23-37.
  • “Commerce et religion dans le libéralisme de Benjamin Constant,” Commentaire 102 (Summer 2003): 415-426.
  • Encyclopedia entries, “Calvinism,” "Civil Society," "Luxury," “Swiss Reformed Church,” and "Switzerland," in Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, ed. Alan Charles Kors, Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • “On the ‘Misogyny’ of Rousseau: the Letter to d’Alembert in Historical Perspective,” French Historical Studies 25:1 (Winter 2002): 91-114.
  • “Reinterpreting Adolphe: the Sexual Politics of Benjamin Constant,” Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques (Winter 2002): 341-360.
  • “’Colonnes de la patrie’ ou ‘froids égoïstes’: les capitalistes genevois vus de chez eux,” Swiss Historical Journal, 50 (Summer 2000):.304-324.
  • “Nouvelles perspectives sur De la religion: Benjamin Constant et la Franc-maçonnerie,” Annales Benjamin Constant 23-24 (2000):143-152.
  • “The Language of Genevan Calvinism in the Eighteenth Century,” in P. Coleman, A. Hofmann, S. Zurbuchen eds., Reconceptualizing Nature, Science and Aesthetics (Geneva, 1998): 69-78.
  • “Le ‘Contrat social’, une oeuvre genevoise? L’Ecole du droit naturel et le débat politique à Genève: la réponse de Rousseau,” in Bulletin de la Société d’Histoire et d’Archéologie, 21 (1991):13-26.

Academic and Professional Recognition:

  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Hunter College 2008
  • Presidential Travel Award, Hunter College 2007
  • Presidential Travel Award, Hunter College 2006
  • 2006-2007 Research Award, PSC-CUNY 37
  • 2005-2006 Research Award, PSC-CUNY 36
  • 2004-2005 Research Award, PSC-CUNY 35
  • 2003-2004 Research Award, PSC-CUNY 34
  • 2001. National Humanities Center, North Carolina, USA

Professional Activities: 

  • Deputy Executive Officer, History Program, Graduate Center, CUNY 2008-
  • Board of Editors, Modern Intellectual History
  • Executive Committee, Center for the Humanities, Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Executive Committee of Nu Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, Hunter College 2008-