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    JOHN PEDRO SCHWARTZ is Associate Professor of English at the American University of Malta. He sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Pessoa Plural. He has published scholarly articles on James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, and Fernando Pessoa, as well as on the intersections of composition, media, and museum studies. He has co-edited two books, Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World (Ashgate, 2012) and TransLatin Joyce: Global Transmissions in Ibero-American Literature (Palgrave, 2014). While teaching at the American University of Beirut, he freelanced for Foreign Policy, filing two comprehensive reports on the Syrian civil war in 2011 and 2012. In a further journalistic venture, he published a three-part investigative series in Warscapes in April 2015, on the vigilante uprising against the Knights Templar drug cartel in Michoacán, Mexico. With his late father, Robert N. Schwartz, he translated four books of poetry and prose by Fernando Pessoa, poems by Augusto de Campos and Décio Pignatari, and an essay by Eduardo Lourenço. Their translation of Pessoa’s Message was published in Lisbon by Tinta-da-china in August 2022. This edition carries the major distinction of being the only existing English translation to recreate both the rhyme and the metrical schemes of the original.


    Ph.D., English, University of Texas at Austin.  2006.

    Dissertation: Between the Muses and the Mausoleum: Museums, Modernism, and Modernity.

    Institute for World Literature, Harvard University.  June 24 – July 18, 2013.

    Other Publications

    “Tierra Caliente Aflame: Vigilantes versus the Knights Templar.”  4900 words.  April 2015.

    “Tierra Caliente Aflame: On the Road with the Vigilantes.”  3500 words.  April 2015.

    “Tierra Caliente Aflame: Origins and Fate of the Vigilantes.”  6500 words.  April 2015.

    “Tourists and Terrorists: Residents of Syria’s Capital Stare into the Abyss.” 6500 words.   October 2012.

    “Highway to Homs: A Motorcycle Journey across Syria, a Country Descending into Chaos.”  5500 words.  November 2011.

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