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Helena Rosenblatt
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8440
Room Number: 5114.03
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Columbia University
Research Interests: European Intellectual History, liberalism, republicanism, Christian thought, the Enlightenment, Early Modern and Modern Europe

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


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Selected Publications


The Lost History of Liberalism, Princeton University Press, forthcoming, 2018.

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

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

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

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).

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

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

Book Chapters:

“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.

“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).

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

"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.


“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

"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.

"Rousseau the anti-Cosmopolitan," Daedalus, (2008).

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

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

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

"Why Constant? A Critical Overview of the Constant Revival," Modern Intellectual History 1, 3 (2004), pp. 439-453.

"Re-evaluating Benjamin Constant's Liberalism: Industrialism, Saint-Simonianism and the Restoration Years," in History of European Ideas 30, 1 (2004), pp. 23-37.

"Commerce et religion dans le libéralisme de Benjamin Constant," Commentaire 102 (Summer, 2003), pp. 415- 426.

"On the 'Misogyny' of Rousseau: the Letter to d'Alembert in Historical Perspective," French Historical Studies, 25:1 (Winter, 2002), pp. 91-114.

"Reinterpreting Adolphe: the Sexual Politics of Benjamin Constant," Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques (Winter, 2002), pp. 341-360.

“’Colonnes de la patrie’ ou ‘froids égoïstes’: les capitalistes genevois vus de chez eux,” Swiss Historical Journal, vol 50 (Summer, 2000), pp.304-324.
“Nouvelles perspectives sur De la religion: Benjamin Constant et la Franc-maçonnerie,” Annales Benjamin Constant 23-24 (2000), pp.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), pp.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, vol. 21 (1991), pp.13-26.