Brief Bio

Kenneth Finkel, Temple University Professor (Teaching/Instructional, Retired 7/23) Department of History specializes in American Studies and Public History. He has served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation and Executive Director of Arts & Culture Service at WHYY. Finkel honed his historic/civic voice as a regular contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s op-ed page in the 1980s and continues to write regularly at the blog. His books include Nineteenth-Century Photography in Philadelphia (1980), The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens’ Manual (1993 and 1994) and has written about the 19th-century railroad photographs of William H. Rau. His most recent book is Insight Philadelphia (Rutgers University Press, 2018).