Whether row houses or a faded ticket stub, objects tie us to the past while grounding us in the present. Whether a swing skirt from the 1960 or a radio from 1964, objects are individual and personal, but they are also collective expressions of time and place. Objects tell stories, and in my writing, my teaching, and my work in museums I use things and the stories they tell as catalysts for exploring theoretical concepts that too easily seem distant and obscure.

The examples below span ten years of work published in a range of outlets from an academic anthology to a newspaper op-ed to online journalism and personal essay. Contact me at rosenheck@gmail.com for collaborations and future projects.  

Hidden City, Philadelphia: The Urban Conversation Of Row House Window Displays

Philadelphia Inquirer: Museums should be free to everyone, regardless of where they live or how much they earn (Opinion)

Longreads: Yearning for My Emo Days in Nostalgia-Inducing Asbury Park

Untapped Cities: In “Dreamlands” at The Whitney Museum, Enter an Immersive World of Cinema and Art

Vice Sports: How Radio Changed Baseball Fandom Forever

Atlas Obscura: The Museum of Western Film History (republished at Slate.com)

The Toast: Unpacking My Library: On Book Collecting, City Lights, and the Beat Museum

Mad Men, Mad World: Swing Skirts and Swinging Singles: Mad Men, Fashion, and Cultural Memory

FlowTV: Not Beyond Jackie Robinson