Jeffrey M. Peck, Scholar of German-Jewish
Culture and History, Takes Office on August 1
Jeffrey M. Peck, a scholar whose work explores the complex and ambiguous relationship between German and Jewish culture, has been appointed dean of Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. The appointment was announced by Baruch College Provost James McCarthy and takes effect on August 1, 2008.
An educator with wide-ranging academic and administrative experience, Peck has taught at several universities in both the U.S. and Canada. Currently, he holds the Walter Benjamin Chair in German-Jewish Culture and History at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he is also the director of the Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies.
Dr. Peck is teaching in Germany while on leave from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., where he is a professor in the Program in Communications, Culture & Technology, and a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).
Commenting on the appointment, 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. His appointment follows a lengthy nationwide search.”
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. Most recently, Peck was the founder and director of the Leo Baeck Summer School in Jewish Studies in Berlin.
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.
At Baruch College, in addition to his appointment as dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Peck will hold an appointment as full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.
About the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences comprises 12 departments and offers more than 20 undergraduate majors. Approximately 350 Baruch students receive degrees in the liberal arts and sciences each year. In addition, the Weissman School offers three master’s-level programs in industrial/organizational psychology, corporate communications, and financial engineering.