Jonathan Peterson

Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Sanskrit intellectual history, literature, and philosophy; religion

Jonathan Peterson is an assistant professor of Sanskrit and premodern South Asia in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS). His interests include Sanskrit intellectual history, Sanskrit literature and philosophy, and religion in South Asia and the larger Indian Ocean world. He works closely with several areas of Sanskrit learning, including theology, linguistics, epistemology, and poetics, and he has broader interests in Indo-Persian and Marathi literature. His current book project uses an unstudied archive of scholastic polemics to think about histories of Hindu difference on the eve of colonialism. He is also contributing to several collaborative projects. These include a millennium-long intellectual history of Vedanta, an edition and translation of a neglected work of Sanskrit epistemology, and a global comparative project on blasphemy and its histories. His articles can be found in the Journal of Indian Philosophy, the Journal of South Asian Intellectual History, the Medieval Globe, the Journal of Hindu Studies, and elsewhere.