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Peter Schmitthenner

Peter Schmitthenner, Associate Professor

Peter Schmitthenner, Associate Professor
Peter Schmitthenner, Associate Professor

Department of Religion and Culture
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8377 |

Peter Schmitthenner is an associate professor of religion and culture at Virginia Tech. He is currently working on a book-length monograph: “Arthur Cotton (1803-1899): Hydraulic Engineering and Cultural Construction in South India.”

  • Cultural History of British Colonial India
  • Orientalism in South Asian History
  • History of Technology in India
  • Development of Irrigation in India
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA,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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