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, and in turn, provides a context for understanding Southern literatures and cultural spaces. Charlie’s most recent teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in the college’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Department of English, and the Department of History. Charlie also serves on several committees at Florida Atlantic University, focusing on program development, conference organization, and advocating for improvements in graduate-student working conditions.

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 via Interfolio, by contacting either Maddie Fiumara or Liam Gluck at Carney Sandoe, & Associates, or through email.

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

  • (with Kate Schmitt) Workshop Facilitator, “Print Culture and Book Arts,” Blue Planet Writers’ Room Summer Institute, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, August 2019

  • “The Paratextual Conditions of Larry Brown’s ‘Facing the Music,’” (Re)Envisioning Borders & Communities: Alternative Narratives Amplified, Florida Atlantic University, October 2019

  • “The Paratextual Conditions of Larry Brown’s ‘Facing the Music,’” Pop South: Translating the Region Panel sponsored by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature-Emerging Scholars Organization, “Languages: Power, Identity, Relationships” conference, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, November 2019


MELUS: The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
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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