Charlie Gleek is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University, under the direction of Dr. Taylor Hagood. Overtly interdisciplinary by training, Charlie’s scholarly concentration focuses on the print culture of southern literature during the late-capitalist period. His dissertation project, “Southern Fringes: The Role of Paratext in Larry Brown’s Short Fiction,” demonstrates how paratext points to the material and social conditions that make Brown’s short stories possible, which in turn, provides a context for understanding southern literature and culture. Charlie’s recently published work appears in Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical Inquiry, i.e.: inquiry in education, and on Humanities Commons. Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Department of English, and the Department of History. Charlie also works as a Program Assistant in the College’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Charlie Gleek is a veteran academic professional with more than fifteen years of research, classroom, and administrative experience in universities, secondary schools, not-for-profit, and professional organizations around the world. On the job market for the 2020-21 academic year, Charlie is looking to work in collaborative scholarly environments: from arts-focused, early-collegiate, or globally-oriented secondary educational institutions to university departments with innovative American Studies, Ethnic and Multicultural Studies, English and Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Current versions of Charlie’s application materials are available upon request.

Charlie’s range of interests and experiences fall well outside academia. A musician since childhood, he toured internationally and recorded as a member of the American Boychoir under the direction of James Litton. Charlie’s contemporary musical projects, recordings, and performances in warehouses and homes, bars and pubs, to dedicated concert venues and summer touring festivals, spans more than three decades of work, including his current role as drummer and bassist in bands made up of Florida Atlantic University College of Arts and Letters faculty members. Before coming to academia, Charlie worked as a landscaper, on loading docks, and in warehouses, on retail floors, and as a line cook: working-class experiences that inform both his scholarship and pedagogy. Charlie lives with his wife Kate Schmitt, their two daughters, and their dog Maddie in Boca Raton, FL.


Ph.D (anticipated in 2020) Comparative Studies: Cultures, Languages & Literatures, Florida Atlantic University.
Ed.D. (2014) Educational Leadership, Lynn University.
M.A. (2004) Political Science, Florida Atlantic University.
B.A. (2002) Political Science, Florida Atlantic University.

Other Publications


“Kant We Hegel Our Way Out of This? The Problem of People in Postcolonial Studies.” Penumbra 5, (2018) https://unionpenumbra.org/article/kant-we-hegel-our-way-out-of-this-the-problem-of-people-in-postcolonial-studies/.

“Understanding Student Engagement During Simulations in IB Global Politics.” i.e.: inquiry in education, vol. 7, no. 1 (2015) http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol7/iss1/6.

(with Robert P. Watson, Anthony J. Eksterowicz, & Sarah B. Andrews) “Treatment of the electoral college in American government and presidential textbooks.” White House Studies, vol. 4, no. 3 (2004).

(with Robert P. Watson and Michael Grillo) Presidential Doctrines: National Security from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush. NY: Nova Science, 2003.


(with Rob Murphy) Pearson Baccalaureate Essentials: Global Politics, Pearson Education, 2016.

“Teachers as Researchers: Changing the Dynamics of Professional Development.” Education Week: Work in Progress, 4 February 2015, http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2015/02/teachers_as_researchers_changi.html

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Southern Fringes: Paratext, Literary Magazines, and the Short Fiction of Larry Brown,” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference, “Beyond Borders, Bars and Binaries: Rethinking the “South” in an Age of Crisis,” Fayetteville, Arkansas, April 2020.


MLA: The Modern Language Association
SAMLA: South Atlantic Modern Language Association
SHARP: The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
SSSL: The Society for the Study of Southern Literature

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