Professor Gunter has received five major - including the 2020 College of Business Teaching Excellence Award - and multiple minor awards for excellence in teaching. He teaches the principles of economics, economic development, and the political economy of Iraq. He also teaches executive education at the American University of Sharjah, UAE.
Professor Gunter's primary focus is on economic development in conflict and post-conflict states. Based on two years in Iraq as an economic advisor, he wrote The Political-Economy of Iraq: Restoring Balance in a Post-Conflict Society, published by Edward Elgar Publishing (Second Edition, October 2021). This book attempts to provide an integrated view of Iraq’s post-2003 political economy and the first edition was selected as a book of the year by Choice Magazine. The Arabic version of the first edition, translated by Mohamed al Hamdi Ph.D., was published by Oma Publishing, Nassriyah, Iraq in November 2015. Professor Gunter is the lead author of Iraq Britain Business Council Reports: “Seaports and Airports of Iraq: Rules Versus Infrastructure, Privatization of State-Owned Enterprises, Corruption Worse Than ISIS: Causes and Cures for Iraqi Corruption, and “Iraq 2020: Country at the Crossroads. These reports were published in English and Arabic and briefed to the Iraq government. Professor Gunter's most recent journal articles are Immunizing Iraq Against al Qaeda 3.0 published in Orbis, Summer 2018, and “Corruption, Costs, and Family: Chinese Capital Flight, 1984-2014” published in the 2017 China Economic Review. Other research interests include the economics of entrepreneurship, conflict, and corruption. Professor Gunter's research perspective is pragmatic and most of his work combines quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Professor Gunter is a consultant for International Republic Institute and teaches workshops on social science research methods to university graduates in Baghdad, Iraq. He is a senior civilian economics advisor for Multi-National Corps at Camp Victory, Iraq (July 2008 – July 2009). Where he was responsible for briefing the commanding generals of the multi-national Corps/Force on Iraqi economic development issues including the impact of corruption, oil prices, state-owned enterprises, and budget decisions. Previously, professor Gunter was assigned for seven months (November 2005 – June 2006) as military chief of economics section, strategic effects, for a multi-national force in Baghdad, Iraq with similar responsibilities.
Professor Gunter was elected Chairperson of the Lehigh Faculty Senate in July 2022. He previously served as vice-chairperson of the senate as well as chairperson of the University Educational Policy and Faculty Compensation Committees.
Professor Gunter is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, he was mobilized after 9/11 to command a 6,000 Marine and sailor desert warfare combined arms training exercise (CAX 7/8-02). He later served as president of the Marine Reserve Mobilization Delay, Deferment, and Exemption Board; deputy director of the Tsunami Coalition Coordination Center in Thailand; and deputy commander of a group providing administrative support to coalition partners in Iraq.
"Simple Model of Entrepreneurship for Principles of Economic Courses" Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2012, pp. 1-11. (For a longer version of this article, appropriate as a handout in a principles course, click here.