Alexandrea Penn

Alexandrea Penn

Ph.D. Student
WSU History Graduate Students Association (HGSA) President


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Alexandrea Penn

Allie Penn is a Ph.D. 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



  • 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