Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.
Lecturer in History
Contact & Office Hours
Or by appointment.
Will hold office hours in classroom, Hatfield 201.
M.Ed., Harvard University
A.B., Dartmouth College
Peter Gunn was elected to the history and global studies faculty at the Williston Northampton School in 1985. Prior to coming to Williston, Gunn served as a teaching fellow at the Northfield Mount Hermon School. At Williston, he has held the Henry and Judith Zachs Chair in History and Economics and served twice as department head. He teaches U.S. history (standard and AP), economics (standard and AP) and U.S. government. He coaches cross-country, squash and softball and serves as a dorm parent. Gunn also serves as a district coordinator and institute mentor for the Center for Civic Education.
Gunn writes that he teaches because he is interested in social change and seeks to be an agent of opportunity. "Teaching stimulates change by developing each student's latent capacities into potent capabilities. The ability to examine the world, to understand society and to articulate ideas empowers young people as citizens. I teach history, economics and government because I am curious about why things are and how they might become. Learning history is an opportunity to gain wisdom in the vigorous pursuit of the truth. More than simply developing their capabilities, I try to inspire curiosity and persistence within my students. In those moments teaching is a powerful way to 'do good well' and to encourage young people to do so as well."