Jeffrey M. Peck, Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
Jeffrey M. Peck has brought a wealth of scholarly and administrative experience as Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and more recently, to his position as Vice Provost for Global Strategies. He is also a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. As a scholar in German Studies, his work explored the complex and ambiguous relationship between German and Jewish culture.
As an outgrowth of his new position, he is not only building international partnerships for students and faculty, but also doing research on the impact of globalization on higher education. An educator with wide-ranging academic and administrative experience, Peck taught at several universities in both the U.S., Canada and Germany. He 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 was also a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. He is currently also on the boards of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the New York office of the German Center for Research and Innovation.
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 last book was Being Jewish in the New Germany (Rutgers University Press, 2006). 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, Humboldt University and at the beginning of his career at the University of Washington, Jeffrey Peck has also 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 Université de Montréal.