Biography

Gunther Peck is a Bass Fellow and Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. His first book, Reinventing Free Labor: Padrones and Immigrant Workers in the North American West, 1885-1930, received the Taft Labor History Prize among other awards. He is currently researching and writing two books on the history of human trafficking and race. The first, Race Traffic: Servants, Sailors, and Slaves in the Making of Modern Whiteness, 1660-1860, explores how struggles by servants, sailors, and African slaves against human trafficking shaped the political history of whiteness, abolition, and emerging labor movements on both sides of the Atlantic. The second book, The Shadow of White Slavery: Innocence, Rescue, and Empire in Contemporary Human Trafficking Campaigns, is a history of imperial antislavery and human trafficking from the late nineteenth century to the present. In addition to scholarly publications, Professor Peck has also published articles and opinion pieces on voting rights, contemporary whiteness, and refugee policy for publications including the Raleigh News and Observer and Salon. He teaches courses in Immigration Policy, Ethics, and Environmental History.