University of Portland

Matthew Warshawsky PhD

International Languages & Cultures, Professor

Matthew Warshawsky PhD



Dundon-Berchtold Hall 103

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Dr. Warshawsky joined the faculty at the University of Portland in 2002. He teaches all levels of Spanish language courses, especially the SPN 301-302 sequence, Advanced Spanish Composition, Conversation, and Culture I and II. His upper-division classes focus on the literature and culture of the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras in Spain, as well as on Jewish Latin America. Students taking these classes learn about relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Iberian world and read, among other works, Don Quixote de la Mancha, perhaps the world’s first modern novel. Additionally, Dr. Warshawsky has taught in UP’s study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America and served as chair of the Department of International Languages and Cultures from 2015 to 2021 and 2022 to 2023.

Dr. Warshawsky’s research and publications address principally the hidden and emergent Jewish identity of New Christian converts and their descendants in the history, literature, and culture of Spain, Portugal, and the Sephardic (of Iberian Jewish origin) diaspora. He is the author of The Perils of Living the Good and True Law: Iberian Crypto-Jews in the Shadow of the Inquisition of Colonial Hispanic America (Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2016) and co-edited, with James A. Parr, Don Quixote: Interdisciplinary Connections (Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2013). His most recent book, From New Christians to New Jews: Seventeenth-Century Spanish Texts in Defense of Judaism, is currently under contract with Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University
  • Master of Arts, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Swarthmore College
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