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Graham A. Peck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
Email: gpeck@sxu.edu

Areas of Specialization

Pre-Civil War American History; Illinois History; Modern Japanese History; Historical Methods; Historical Documentary Filmmaking


Abraham Lincoln is my nam[e]
And with my pen I wrote the same
I wrote in both hast[e] and speed
and left it here for fools to read
-Abraham Lincoln's copybook verse

A native of Oakland, California, and a devoted fan of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, Professor Peck graduated from California State University, Hayward in 1991 with a B.A. in history. He relocated to Evanston, Illinois in 1992 to study for his Ph.D. in American history, which he earned from Northwestern University in 2001. He then spent a year as a visiting professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis before accepting a permanent position at Saint Xavier University in 2002. Professor Peck has taught a wide range of courses in history at Saint Xavier, including an experimental course on documentary filmmaking in 2012. He will continue the experiment in the fall of 2014 by co-teaching a similar course with Art and Design Associate Professor Nathan Peck.

Professor Peck's scholarly and creative work is focused on antebellum Illinois. He has published three articles on Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, has recently completed a book chapter on antebellum politics, and his book manuscript, Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Coming of the Civil War, is under contract with the University of Illinois Press. He also has spearheaded an effort to create a documentary film on Douglas, collaborating with many Saint Xavier students, staff and faculty in hopes of exhibiting the film at the Douglas Tomb State Historic Site in Chicago. Many Saint Xavier students have assisted Professor Peck in his historical research or on his film over the past decade, and he is grateful for their wonderful work!

Courses Offered

Selected Honors

Selected Publications

"New Records of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the 1854 Illinois State Fair:  The Missouri Republican and the Missouri Democrat Report from Springfield."  Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 30 (Summer 2009):  25-80.

"Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of an Antislavery Nationalism."  Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 28 (Summer 2007):  1-27.

"Was Stephen A. Douglas Antislavery?"  Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 26 (Summer 2005):  1-21.