Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Peck's research focuses on the long history of human trafficking and its relationship to the evolution of racial ideology, humanitarian intervention, and immigration policy in North America and Europe.
Explores the analytical advantages of linking migrant workers to global commons. Locates the conceptual starting points for linking migrant workers and global commons by analyzing the work of the transnational and the commons in political conversation and in th historiographies of immigration and the environment in North America.
Argues that padrones were not primitive men but rather thoroughly modern entrepreneurs who used corporations, the labor contract, and the right to quit to create far-flung networks. Analyzes how immigrant workers emancipated themselves using the tools of padrone power to their own advantage.
Explores the relationship between the history of human trafficking and the discourses of antislavery, race, and whiteness that structured efforts to rescue trafficked Anglo-American subjects when African chattel slavery remained legal.
Considers the peculiar moral and policy challenges generated by describing all trafficked subjects as slaves.