Peter Schmitthenner

Virginia Tech
203 Draper Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(tel) 540-231-5547
(fax) 540-231-5761

Peter Schmitthenner is a historian of modern South Asia. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the cultural history of southern India during British colonial rule. His first book, Telugu Resurgence: C.P. Brown and Cultural Consolidation in Nineteenth-Century South India (New Delhi: Monohar, 2001), examines the impact of a British civil servant’s scholarship on fostering a modern linguistic-based cultural identity. He is currently writing a book about hydraulic engineering in nineteenth-century south India, its development, connections to colonial rule, and impact on society and culture. At Virginia Tech Dr. Schmitthenner has regularly taught introductory Humanities courses on Asian cultures and an introductory sequence on the history of India. He has also taught courses on the following topics: Colonialism and Culture; Explorations in Asian American Cultures; Technology, the Environment, and Cultural Change in Asia and Africa; and the Life and Legacy of Mohandas Gandhi.