Dr. Penny Messinger, associate professor of history and chair of history and political science at Daemen College, teaches a range of classes in American history, women’s history and women’s studies. She also directs women’s studies at Daemen and has coordinated events for Women’s History Month since this celebration started at the college in 2007.
In addition, Messinger teaches classes on American history since the 1960s, the political history of the Progressive and New Deal eras, culture wars, labor history, women’s history, several classes in women’s studies (American and global), and the senior thesis sequence.
Messinger’s research focuses on gender and reform in the early 20th century. Currently, she is collaborating with Dr. Andrew Wise, professor of history, on a biography on political radicals Anna and Boris Reinstein. The co-authored essay, “Anna and Boris Reinstein and the Socialist Response to the First World War,” is being published as a chapter in the book, “Intellectuals and the First World War,” forthcoming this summer.
Messinger is an active member of the Appalachian Studies Association and serves on the group’s steering committee. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees in history, both from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Marshall University.