image_8253062Gunther Peck is an Associate Professor History and Public Policy at Duke University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics, comparative immigration history and migration policy, environmental history, and 20th century U.S. social and cultural history.  His first book, based on his dissertation at Yale University, was entitled Reinventing Free Labor:  Padrones and Immigrant Workers in the North American West, 1880-1930, and won the Taft prize for best book in North American Labor History, the Billington Prize for the best book in frontier history, and the Pacific Coast Award for best book in comparative North American history in 2001. He is writing two books on the long history of human trafficking, both of which engage the historical relationships between race, humanitarian intervention, and imperial power. The first “Race Traffic: Historicizing the Global Origins of White Supremacy and Resistance to it, 1660-1860″ is under contract with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press, and will be available in the spring of 2020. An article from the second book project  “The Shadow of White Slavery: Race and Innocence in the Contemporary War on Human Trafficking,” was recently published as an essay in a volume called The Uses of History in Foreign Policy Making, edited by Hal Brands and Jeremy Suri. Professor Peck is also an active citizen in Durham, where he lives with his wife Faulkner Fox and with whom he has three children.