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Peter L Schmitthenner

Peter L. Schmitthenner, Associate Professor

Peter L. Schmitthenner, Associate Professor
Peter L. Schmitthenner, Associate Professor

Department of Religion and Culture 
103 Major Williams, Virginia Tech
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8377 |

Peter L. Schmitthenner is an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture. 

  • Cultural History of British Colonial India
  • Orientalism in South Asian History
  • History of Technology in India
  • Development of Irrigation in India
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., Clark University
  • American Institute of Indian Studies
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Award for Excellence in Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Human Science, 2013


Telugu Resurgence: C.P. Brown and Cultural Consolidation in Nineteenth-Century South India (New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2001).

Journal Articles

“The Grooming of a Colonial Civil Engineer: The Early Life and Career of Arthur Cotton in Great Britain and India, 1803-1826,” Engineering Studies (forthcoming).

“European Scholars' Contribution to Telugu Language and Literature,” in Comprehensive History of Andhra Pradesh, Vol. VI.  Ed. V. Ramakrishna and A. Satyanarayana (Hyderabad: Emesco Publications, 2015), pp. 278-290.

“Colonial Hydraulic Projects in South India: Environmental and Cultural Legacy,” in The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia, ed. Deepak Kumar, Vinita Damodaran, and Rohan D’Souza (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 181-201.

  • Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, 2002 (in India)
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship, 2001-2002 (in India)

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