Gunther W. Peck

Gunther W. Peck

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
308 Carr Bldg, 136 Public Policy, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 668-5297


My research focuses on the long history of human trafficking and its relationship to the evolution of racial ideology, humanitarian intervention, and immigration policy in North America and Europe.

In addition to mentoring both History and Public Policy graduate students, I regularly teach four undergraduate lecture courses entitled “Immigrant Dreams, American Realities: U.S. Immigration Policy History,”  “Historicizing Whiteness,” “Human Trafficking, Past to Present,” and “North American Environmental History.”  As a community activist in North Carolina, I have also taken a keen interest in voting rights and understanding how and why citizens do and do not vote.


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1994

  • M.A., Yale University 1991

  • M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1989

  • B.A., Princeton University 1984

Selected Grants

Peck Visiting Associate Professor at Yale awarded by Yale University (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

"The shadow of white slavery: Race, innocence, and history in contemporary anti-human trafficking campaigns." In The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft, 209-234. January 1, 2016.

Peck, GW. "The Shadow of White Slavery: Race, Innocence, and History in Contemporary Anti-Human Trafficking Campaigns." In The Power of the Past: History & Statecraft,edited by J Suri, 232-260. Brookings, 2015. (Essay)

Peck, G. "Feminizing White Slavery in the United States." In Workers Across the Americas, 221-241.: Oxford University Press, February 21, 2011. Full Text

Peck, GW. "Feminizing White Slavery in the United States: Marcus Braun and the Transnational Traffic in White Bodies, 1890-1910." In Workers, the Nation State and Beyond,edited by L Fink and J Greene, 221-244. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. (Essay)

Peck, GW. "Manly Gambles: The Politics of Risk on the Comstock Lode." In Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the U.S. West,edited by M Basso, L McCall, and D Garceau, 73-96. London: Routledge, 2000. (Essay)

Peck, GW. "Mobilizing Community: Migrant Workers and the Politics of Labor Mobility in the North American West, 1900-1920." In Labor Histories: Class, Politics, and the Working-Class Experience,edited by E Arnesen, J Greene, and B Laurie, 175-200. Urbana, 1998. (Essay)

Peck, GW. "Padrones and Protest: "Old" Radicals and "New" Immigrants in Bingham, Utah, 1905-1912." In Problems in the History of the American West,edited by C Milner, A Butler, and D Lewis, 328-339. Heath, 1997. (Essay)

Peck, GW. "Padrones and Protest: "Old" Radicals and "New" Immigrants in Bingham, Utah, 1905-1912." In A World We Thought We Knew: Readings in Utah History,edited by J McCormick and J Sillito, 154-172. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1995. (Essay)

Peck, GW. "Movement Culture in Durham, North Carolina (forthcoming)." In TBD,edited by W Hogan. Duke University Press. (Essay)

Peck, GW. "Reinventing Free Labor: Immigrant Padrones and Contract Laborers in North America, 1885 - 1925 (forthcoming)." In The Workers' West,edited by E Jamesom and RD Myers. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. (Essay)

Peck, G. "Migrant Labor and Global Commons: Transnational Subjects, Visions, and Methods." International Labor and Working Class History 85 (2014): 118-137. Full Text

Peck, G. "The Nature of Labor: Fault Lines and Common Ground in Environmental and Labor History." Environmental History 11, no. 2 (April 1, 2006): 212-238. Full Text

Peck, GW. "White Slavery and Whiteness: A Transnational View of the Sources of Working-Class Radicalism and Racism." LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 1, no. 2 (2004): 41-63.

Peck, GW. "In Search of an American Working Class: Nationalist Fictions in the Making of Western Labor History." Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts fur soziale Bewegungen 25 (May 2001): 29-45.

Peck, GW. "Padrones and Protest: "Old" Radicals and "New" Immigrants in Bingham, Utah, 1905-1912." Western Historical Quarterly 24, no. 2 (May 1993): 157-178.

Peck, GW. "Our Bipartisan Acceptance of Refugees." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 26, 2015). (Scholarly Commentary)

Peck, GW. "Accepting Syrian Refugees both Humanitarian and in Our National Interest." Raleigh News and Observer (November 23, 2015). (Scholarly Commentary)

Peck, GW. "Big Voter Turnouts and Perceptions of Fraud." Duke University: Sanford School of Public Policy (June 9, 2011). (Scholarly Commentary)

Peck, GW. "I Am Waiting." Duke Chronicle (November 1, 2010). (Scholarly Commentary)

Peck, GW. "Hillary Clinton and the Southern Strategy." Duke Today (March 21, 2008). (Scholarly Commentary)

Fall 2019

North American Environmntl Hst (HISTORY 345)
Sanford 04, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2018

Immigrant Dreams/us Realities (HISTORY 352)
Sanford 05, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM

Spring 2017

North American Environmntl Hst (HISTORY 345)
East Duke 204B, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Fall 2016

Historicizing Whiteness (HISTORY 411S)
Sanford 224, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2016

Immigrant Dreams/us Realities (HISTORY 352)
Sanford 05, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Fall 2014

Immigrant Dreams/us Realities (HISTORY 352)
Sanford 04, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Spring 2014

North American Environmntl Hst (HISTORY 345D)
Carr 103, MW 10:05 AM-10:55 AM
North American Environmntl Hst (HISTORY 345D)
Carr 137, F 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
North American Environmntl Hst (HISTORY 345D)
Carr 137, F 11:45 AM-12:35 PM
Cap Sem: Imm. Policy History (HISTORY 487S)
East Duke 204D, M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM