MacArthur Fellows Program

Tina Rosenberg

Journalist | Class of 1987

Title
Journalist
Location
Washington, District of Columbia
Age
27 at time of award

Tina Rosenberg is a journalist with a strong sense of narrative, who investigates the dark side of humanity and asks difficult questions about guilt and responsibility. 

Rosenberg writes about political violence and how new democracies deal with the crimes of past dictatorial regimes.  She weaves in history, politics, sociology, and personal observation when describing violent events and attempts to explain why they came about.  For research on her book, Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America (1991), she lived for two years in Nicaragua and four years in Chile.  She is also the author of The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism (1995), which examines the repression and coercion experienced by citizens of Eastern Europe following the collapse of Communism.  In all her work, Rosenberg explores how otherwise normal citizens learn to live with, justify, or commit violence. 

She has written numerous articles appearing in the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, Harper’s and the Atlantic Monthly.  She has been a visiting fellow at the National Security Archive, and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute.  Rosenberg is a member of the New York Times’ editorial board, writing foreign policy editorials. 

Rosenberg received a B.S. (1981) and an M.S. (1982) from Northwestern University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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October 23, 2018
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October 16, 2018
"The Lasting Pain of Children Sent to Orphanages, Rather Than Families"
The New York Times
Tina Rosenberg , 1987 MacArthur Fellow
May 15, 2018
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The New York Times
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April 3, 2018
"Taking Aim at Gun Violence, With Personal Deterrence"
The New York Times
Tina Rosenberg , 1987 MacArthur Fellow
March 6, 2018
"Issuing Bonds to Invest in People"
The New York Times
Tina Rosenberg , 1987 MacArthur Fellow
January 23, 2018
"Putting the Voters in Charge of Fair Voting"
The New York Times
Tina Rosenberg , 1987 MacArthur Fellow
January 9, 2018
"A Year of Pushback to Save Social Innovation"
The New York Times
Tina Rosenberg , 1987 MacArthur Fellow
September 19, 2017
"In Africa, a Glimpse of Hope for Beating H.I.V."
The New York Times
Tina Rosenberg , 1987 MacArthur Fellow
September 6, 2017
"Neo-Nazis in Your Streets? Send in the (Coup Clutz) Clowns"
The New York Times
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