Adam M Lifshey


Associate Professor


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
General profile


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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 research focuses on Asian and African literature in Spanish.

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, was published a few months ago.

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.

This semester I am teaching two undergraduate courses. One focuses on Central American literature, film and music, the other on Latin American novels of the 1960s and early 1970s.

I work in the Program in Comparative Literature as well as the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. I seem to be the only faculty member at Georgetown who focuses on the Philippines. If you know anything about Filipino culture, please feel free to come to my office and teach me. Coffee's on me. Well, on the Spanish department. Um, and it's instant coffee. But do come by.

I will be on leave during the 2016-17 academic year.


  • 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)