Charlie Gleek earned his Ph.D. from the Comparative Studies Program at Florida Atlantic University, working under the co-direction of Dr. Taylor Hagood and Dr. Marcella Munson and with Dr. Evan Bennett.  Overtly interdisciplinary by training, Charlie’s scholarly concentration focuses on the print culture of southern literature during the late-capitalist period. His dissertation, “Southern Fringes: Little Magazines and Larry Brown’s Early Short Fiction,” draws on bibliographic and book history methods and post-critique reading practices demonstrating that paratextual formations function as vital spaces for constructing senses of southernness in service of both narratives and readers’ literary discernments beyond literary representation. Charlie’s recently published work appears in The Chattahoochee Review, Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical Inquiry, i.e.: inquiry in education, and on Humanities Commons.

Charlie’s teaching interests intersect across the following areas: American Literature and History, Anglophone World Literature and History, Artists’ Books and Book Arts, History of the Book and Print Culture, Literary and Cultural Studies, Multicultural Literature and History, New Southern Literature, Culture, and History, Postcolonial Literature and History, and Rhetoric and Composition. Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters’ Interdisciplinary Studies program, Department of English, Department of Comparative Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures, and Department of History.

Before coming to academia, Charlie worked for over a decade 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’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 roles as drummer and bassist in several bands.


Ph.D (2021) 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


“This is It: A Review of Larry Brown’s Tiny Love: The Complete Stories,” The Chattahoochee Review 40, no. 1 (Spring 2020).

“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


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