Helena Rosenblatt

Helena Rosenblatt

Research Interests

  • European Intellectual History, liberalism, republicanism, Christian thought, the Enlightenment, Early Modern and Modern Europe


  • Ph.D. Columbia University

Professor Helena Rosenblatt, recent recipient of a 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



  • 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.