I am a writer, educator, and public historian residing in Philadelphia.
My work has explored a wide range of topics, but my underlying interest is in the cultural history of knowledge and the social history of museums.
I love museums because I have a deep love for things, for seemingly inanimate objects that humans nonetheless make speak in awe-inspiring ways. What astonishes me every day is how people connect with nature through taxidermied birds secured behind glass or how television props catalyze memories of both the best and worst of our childhoods. Whether watching repertory film or collecting fossils, we as humans engage with things in profound, profound ways. I love things, but the human stories behind those things are why they matter.
I have a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Northwestern University, an MA in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Temple University in English and Sociology. I currently work in education and interpretation at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, I teach at Temple University, and I write for outlets like Hidden City and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. I can be reached at rosenheck at gmail dot com.