Penny Messinger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

139 Duns Scotus Hall

Dr. Penny Messinger holds a BA in History from Marshall University and a MA and PhD in History from The Ohio State University, with specializations in women’s history, American history, and Russian history. In addition to regular teaching and advising responsibilities, Dr. Messinger oversees the program in Women's Studies, including the minor in Women's Studies, and Public History. She also coordinates Women’s History Month events at Daemen (in March). She is an affiliated faculty member with Daemen's program in Sustainability. She has been elected to several terms on Daemen's Faculty Senate, as well as the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) and Core and Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) Committee.

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Dr. Messinger teaches a range of classes in American history, women’s history, and women’s studies. These have included American history survey courses, American history since the 1960s, the political history of the Progressive and New Deal eras, Culture Wars, and labor history.  She also teaches American women’s history, women’s studies, and senior thesis courses. Her academic research focuses on 20th century Appalachian history, the creation of Appalachian identity, and economic and cultural history. Her current research project explores the missionary presence in the Appalachian South, but she is also in the early stages of a collaborative research project (with Dr. Andrew Wise), a joint biography of Anna and Boris Reinstein. Dr. Messinger is an active member of the Appalachian Studies Association and the American Historical Association; she is on the steering committees of the Appalachian Studies Association and the Upstate New York Women’s History Organization (UNYWHO). She has also served on the Women's History Month Planning Committee for Erie County (NY).  

Dr. Messinger is a faculty advisor for the History & Government Student Club and is Daemen's liaison with the American Association for University Women (AAUW; Daemen College is an institutional member). She also administers the History & Political Science blog:

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