Professor of History



Essays and reviews by Sophia Rosenfeld appear in The New York TimesThe Washington PostDissent, and The Nation, among others.

Henri Matisse, “La Gerbe,” 1953




Truth and Consequences

Untruth has been spreading with new ease and abandon, and often to undemocratic effect.

The Hedgehog Review, Summer 2019 | Opinion

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Lügen sind Teil der Demokratie

Die Welt und vielleicht auch die EU-Wahl werden von Fake-News bedroht. Das heißt aber nicht, dass wir in postfaktischen Zeiten leben. Es war vor 250 Jahren nicht anders.

Zeit Online (Germany), May 9, 2019 | Opinion


Post-truth, de prequel

Voor Sophia Rosenfeld zijn alterna­tieve waarheden geen hedendaags verschijnsel, maar waren ze altijd al een bijproduct van democratie.

De Standaard (Belgium), May 4, 2019 | Opinion


Is it bad that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cares more about being ‘morally right’ than facts?

Truth has always been contested in American political debates.

The Washington Post, January 10, 2019 | Opinion


Historians: what kids should be learning in school right now

What are the most important things young people should be learning in school today? Some of the nation’s top historians share their thoughts.

The Washington Post, November 22, 2018 | Opinion


The Egalitarians

Three new books on the founders explore the critical, if often contested, role equality has played in shaping the American imagination.

The Nation, April 5, 2017 | Book Review


The limits of choice

Betsy DeVos’s tone-deaf comments on historically black colleges and universities exposed the broader failings of the ideology of choice.

Dissent, March 10, 2017 | Opinion

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The Only Thing More Dangerous Than Trump’s Appeal to Common Sense Is His Dismissal of It

The president’s taste for fact-free fantasy is based not in traditional American populism but in authoritarianism.

The Nation, March 1, 2017 | Opinion


A radical history of free speech

With the rhetoric of free speech increasingly captured by the right, a new book tells the story of the radicals who first championed freedom of expression as a substantive political right.

Dissent, Fall, 2016 | Book Review

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How to Die

Atul Gawande argues that physicians should focus care on the good life—including its very end.

The Nation, April 14, 2015 | Book Review

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FREE to choose?

How Americans have become tyrannized by the culture's overinvestment in choice.

The Nation, June 3, 2014 | Book Review


liehards: on political hypocrisy

Hard truths about lying in politics.

The Nation, August 22, 2012 | Opinion


Cain’s paine

The New York Times, November 11, 2011 | Opinion


BEWARE OF REPUBLICANS bearing common sense

The Washington Post, April 21, 2011 | Opinion