FacultyKenneth Finkel

ProfessorKen Finkel

(215) 204-7566
835 Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks Street


Kenneth Finkel is a professor of history (teaching/instructional) at Temple University’s American Studies Program.  He is author of several books and exhibition catalogues on 19th-century photography, graphics, architecture and Philadelphia as a creative center. Finkel’s first book, Nineteenth-Century Photography in Philadelphia was published in 1980.  His latest book, Insight Philadelphia, which is drawn on his essays at the Philly History Blog, will be published in 2018.

Before joining Temple in the Spring of 2008, Finkel held positions in Philadelphia’s cultural community: Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation, and most recently, Executive Director of Arts & Culture Service at WHYY. 

Finkel has served on various boards and committees, including the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Mount Airy USA (CDC), the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts and the Conflict Interest Standing Committee at the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the advisory council at the Wagner Free Institute of Science and is Vice President of the Association for Public Art.

Fields of Expertise: Philadelphia History; American Art; History of Photography; History of Architecture

Selected Publications

  • Insight Philadelphia. Rutgers University Press, projected for early 2018.
  • Captain Watson’s Travels In America: the Sketchbooks and Diary of Joshua Rowley Watson, 1816-1818. With Kathleen A. Foster. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press with The Barra Foundation, 1997).
  • The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens’ Manual for 1995, editor. (Philadelphia: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1994).
  • Philadelphia Then and Now. With photographer Susan Oyama (New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1988).
  • Nineteenth-Century Photography in Philadelphia (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1980).

Courses Taught

  • History 5151, Nonprofit Management for Historians
  • American Studies 2098, Reading Culture
  • American Studies 2021, Philadelphia Neighborhoods
  • American Studies 0801, Philadelphia Arts & Culture