Alexandrea Penn

Alexandrea Penn

PhD Student
WSU History Graduate Students Association (HGSA) President


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Alexandrea Penn

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

Selected publications

Penn, Allie. "Hardworking Horsepower: The Carhartt Auto."

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).