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Nicole Penn

Nicole Penn

Nicole Penn, a member of the editorial board of American Purpose, is program manager for social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Prior to this role, she served as a research assistant for AEI senior fellow Lynne Cheney, supporting Cheney’s research on the Virginia dynasty during the American Revolution and early Republic. Ms. Penn also previously served as an editorial apprentice at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Articles and Events

Beats of Optimism
Music

Beats of Optimism

The music of an early 20th-century composer and that of a modern rapper seem worlds apart, but they are linked in how they convey the Black American experience.

Nicole Penn
The Bridges We Need

The Bridges We Need

Museums perform a vital civic function, connecting us both to our past and to one another.

Nicole Penn

Feb 18, 2021: Lindsay M. Chervinsky and Craig Bruce Smith with Nicole Penn on George Washington

Although George Washington died in 1799, his hold over the American imagination continues to live on. Yet every generation has recast Washington in a different light, from savior of the Republic to a would-be tyrant, honor personified to hypocritical slaver. To mark Presidents’ Day, please join American Purpose for a

Nicole Penn
Teapots and Tempests
Books

Teapots and Tempests

With all the discord and divergent experiences in American history, a recognizable and cohesive storyline based in ideals remains.

Nicole Penn
Our Virtual Versailles
On Screen

Our Virtual Versailles

Nearly 25 years on, a brilliant period masterpiece anticipates the viciousness and vapidity of the modern social media scene.

Nicole Penn