Charmion Gustke's courses focus on the practices of writing, reading, cultural anthropology and critical analysis.
She received her Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary program of the Human Sciences at George Washington University with a concentration in 20th Century American literature and critical theory.
Her interests include the intersection of postcolonial theory and U.S. fiction, Empire Studies (particularly South African Literature), and the work of Willa Cather, on which Dr. Gustke has published articles.
In the summer of 2012 she was awarded a James Woodress Research Grant from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln to explore Cather's later work in light of the Great Depression. She is a member of the MLA, the American Literature Association, the Willa Cather Foundation and The Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She is acting secretary for the Dismas Board of Directors and sponsors the Belmont Community Garden and the Nashville Food Project in her continued support of local sustainable food practices.