I am a writer, public historian, and historiographer residing in Philadelphia.
My work has explored a wide range of topics, but my abiding interest is in the social history of museums and the cultural history of knowledge.
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 find meaning in birds taxidermied and secured behind glass or how they use television costumes to remember the best and worst of their childhoods. Whether watching repertory film or collecting fossils, we as humans engage with things in profound, profound ways. I love things, but those human stories are why things matter. Finding those stories is why the work I do matters.
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, and I write for outlets like Hidden City and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. I can be reached at rosenheck at gmail dot com.