Allie Penn is a PhD student in the History Department at Wayne State University. She currently works as an archivist for a Michigan based company. Her research interests include labor history and 20th century U.S. history with a focus on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the labor of women in various professions. She has completed internships with a number of organizations including CNN, Carhartt, the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library and the Atlanta Public Library's Special Collections department. She co-hosts a podcast about lifelong learning called Students Teaching Students.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Labor History
- Public History
- Women's History
Mapping Detroit's Black-Owned Businesses
Project Coordinator, Pandemic Perspectives Project
Paternalism in the Michigan Iron Ranges
- M.A., Wayne State University, 2019
- M.L.I.S., Wayne State University, 2019
- Certificate in Archival Administration, Wayne State University, 2019
- B.S., Northern Michigan University, 2016
Awards and grants
Mining History Association Research Grant, 2020
Michael D. Patterson Memorial Award, 2020
Jeffrey L. Reider & Charles F. Otis Endowed Scholarship, 2018
Penn, Allie. "Hardworking Horsepower: The Carhartt Auto." https://www.carhartt.com/content/history-auto?icid=carhartthistory-content-auto-content-201902-allvisitors-discovercarhartthistory
Penn, Allie. "Female Agitators: The Women of the 1913-1914 Keweenaw Copper Strike." Upper Country: A Journal of the Lake Superior Region, 6 (2018).
Penn, Allie. "No News Is Good News: Newspaper Reports of Calumet’s Italian Hall Disaster." Upper Country: A Journal of the Lake Superior Region, 4 (2016).