Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
Phone: (646) 312-3870
Fax: (646) 312-3871
Location: VC 8-250
Dr. Peck is a Professor of Comparative Literature and the Dean of the Weissman School. His work explores the complex and ambiguous relationship between German and Jewish cultures.
An educator with wide-ranging academic and administrative experience, Peck has taught at several universities in both the U.S. and Canada and has held the Walter Benjamin Chair in German-Jewish Culture and History at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he was also the director of the Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies. Dr. Peck is a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).
Commenting on Dr. Peck's appointment as Dean of the Weissman School, Provost McCarthy said, "Jeffrey Peck has an extensive background in international and interdisciplinary studies and is the ideal person to lead Baruch's vibrant and intellectually diverse school of arts and sciences."
Peck holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley (1979); a master's degree, also in comparative literature, from the University of Chicago (1974); and a bachelor of arts from Michigan State University (1972) in German, English and history. He is the author of numerous articles on German and Jewish studies and has also written extensively on transnational and global cultural issues. His books include Being Jewish in the New Germany (Rutgers University Press, 2006) and a work in progress entitled Romancing the Jew: Intimate Relationships and Complicated Histories Among Germans and American Jews and Israelis.
As an administrator, Peck created and led Culture and Politics, an innovative program of study in Georgetown University's renowned School of Foreign Service. In addition to his tenure at Georgetown and Humboldt Universities, Jeffrey Peck has been professor of German and director at the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, a joint academic entity of Toronto's York University and the Universite de Montreal.