Craig Peck

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department
Craig Peck

Department Chair, Associate Professor
Office: 366A SOE Building

Research Interest

  • Principals
  • Urban Schools
  • Educational Reform


  • Ph.D. in History of Education, Stanford University, 2001
  • M.A. in American History, Stanford University, 2001
  • M.A. in English Education, Teachers College/Columbia University, 1994
  • B.A. in English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University, 1990


Craig Peck’s research concerns principals, urban schools, and educational reform since the 1960s through today. His methodological approaches include historical inquiry and qualitative case studies. Craig is a former New York City high school principal, and he was Principal Investigator of the Race to the Top grant-funded Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA).

Link to Dr. Peck’s CV


Peck, C., Kappler-Hewitt, K., Mullen, C.A., Lashley, C.A., Eldridge, J., & Douglas, T.M.O. (2015). Digital youth in brick and mortar schools: Examining the complex interplay among students, technology, education, and change. Teachers College Record, 117(5).

Peck, C. (2014). Paradigms, power, and PR in New York City: Assessing two school accountability implementation efforts. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22(114).

Peck, C., & Reitzug, U.C. (2014). School turnaround fever: Paradoxes of a historical practice promoted as a new reform. Urban Education, 49(1), 8-38.

Douglas, T.M.O., & Peck, C. (2013). Education by any means necessary: Peoples of African descent and community-based pedagogical spaces. Educational Studies, 49(1), 67-91.