The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophia Rosenfeld as Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North. Rosenfeld began her time at the Kluge Center this September.
Rosenfeld is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches European intellectual and cultural history with a special emphasis on the Enlightenment, the trans-Atlantic Age of Revolutions, and the legacy of the eighteenth century for modern democracy. She is the author of “A Revolution in Language: The Problem of Signs in Late Eighteenth-Century France” (Stanford, 2001); “Common Sense: A Political History” (Harvard, 2011); and “Democracy and Truth: A Short History” (Penn Press, 2019). Her articles and essays have appeared in leading scholarly journals, including the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, French Historical Studies, and the William and Mary Quarterly, as well as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, and The Nation. From 2013 through 2017, she co-edited the journal Modern Intellectual History.
She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, the Mellon Foundation, both the Remarque Institute and the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, and the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as visiting professorships at the University of Virginia School of Law and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Rosenfeld holds a B.A. from Princeton University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.