Catherine Sustana

Literature Expert


Ph.D., English, State University of New York at Albany

B.A., English, Brown University


  • Fiction writer whose short stories have been published in several literary journals
  • Taught English at Hawaii Pacific University for 11 years
  • Holds a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Albany


Catherine Sustana is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles for two years. She taught English at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu for 11 years. During her time as a professor there, she founded an undergraduate literary magazine and started a student reading series.

Catherine, a fiction writer, has had short stories published in numerous literary journals, including Arts & Letters, Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, Calyx, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has also been a finalist in several literary contests. These include the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and Florida State University's World's Best Short Short Story Competition.


Catherine holds a B.A. in English from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Albany.

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

Read more from Catherine Sustana