Penny Messinger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

237 Duns Scotus Hall


Dr. Penny Messinger received a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in History from Marshall University.  She pursued graduate work at The Ohio State University, where she earned a MA and PhD, with a primary field in women’s history, and secondary fields of specialization in American history and Russian history.  Dr. Messinger has been teaching at Daemen since 2003.  In addition to regular teaching and advising responsibilities, she directs the minors in Women's Studies and Public History.  Dr. Messinger has also coordinated plans for Women’s History Month each year (in March) since 2007, when she was instrumental in introducing this event at Daemen.  She has been elected to several terms on Daemen's Faculty Senate and served on the Core and Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.   

Research and teaching areas: 

Dr. Messinger teaches a range of classes in American history, women’s history, and women’s studies, which 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 the senior thesis sequence.  Dr. Messinger’s 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; she has undertaken early stages of 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 is on the steering committee of the Upstate New York Women’s History Organization (UNYWHO). 

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