Adam M Lifshey




Department of Spanish and Portuguese
General profile


+1 202-687-7185




My interests are broad and comparative in nature. Mostly I teach 20th and 21st century Latin American literature, music and film within global contexts. My primary research interest for awhile now has been Filipino literature in Spanish. This year, I am undertaking an M.A. in Taiwan Studies in London. I enjoy learning in fields that are new to me like this.

My novel As Green as Paradise was favorably compared in a review to One Hundred Years of Solitude. So that was pretty cool. If you'd like to check out the review, the first half of it is available (in Spanish) at

My second academic book, The Magellan Fallacy: Globalization and the Emergence of Asian and African Literature in Spanish, won the A-Asia/ICAS Africa-Asia prize, a worldwide competition for the best book written in English, French or Portuguese between 2009 and 2015 on any topic linking Africa and Asia ( I am grateful for the positive reception of the book at the A-Asia conference in Ghana.

My third academic book, Subversions of the American Century: Filipino Literature in Spanish and the Transpacific Transformation of the United States, makes for great beach reading, especially the index. Rather less entertaining is my first academic book, Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures, though it does mention Gilligan's Island twice. So there's that.

When possible, I teach and write about music by singer-songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Once upon a time I taught Chinese history at a Mexican university. And once upon a time, I helped cover a hostage crisis in Peru for a Japanese newspaper.

If you know anything about Filipino cultures, please feel free to come to my office and teach me. Coffee's on me. Well, on the Spanish and Portuguese department. Um, and it's instant coffee. But do come by.

Come to think of it, that coffee will have to wait, as I am on leave this academic year. But if you know anything about Taiwanese cultures and happen to be in London, please feel free to come by and teach me. Coffee's still on me.


  • Ph.D. (2003) University of California, Berkeley, Hispanic Languages and Literatures
  • M.A. (1996) University of Virginia, Spanish
  • B.A. (1991) Harvard University, United States History and Literature


  • French (read)
  • Portuguese (read)
  • Spanish (speak, read, write)