Sophia Rosenfeld

Vice President, Research

Sophia Rosenfeld is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches and writes about European intellectual and cultural history with a particular focus on the Age of Revolutions, the Enlightenment and its legacy, the politics of free speech, and the long history of democracy in thought and practice. She is the author of A Revolution in Language: The Problem of Signs in Late Eighteenth-Century France (2001) and Common Sense: A Political History (2011) and co-editor of the journal Modern Intellectual History and a forthcoming multi-volume Cultural History of Ideas covering antiquity to the present. She has taught previously at both Yale University and the University of Virginia, and has held fellowships and visiting appointments from the Guggenheim Foundation, the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton), the Mellon Foundation, ACLS, the UVA School of Law, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and the Remarque Institute at NYU. In her capacity as vice president for research at the AHA, she is motivated by the idea that historical scholarship fills a critical civic function in helping us think with spatial and temporal distance about the present world, and she is committed to the organization’s goals of promoting and distributing historical scholarship and to ensuring, on behalf of all kinds of researchers, the preservation and availability of historical sources and records.