Indira Viswanathan Peterson
BornMumbai, India
OccupationSouth Asian studies
NationalityIndia & United States
Notable worksPoems to Siva: The Hymns of the Tamil Saints

Indira Viswanathan Peterson is a literary critic and the David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is a specialist in South Asian Studies.[1]


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Peterson was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She came to the United States as an AFS (American Field Service) exchange high school student in the late 1960s. She returned to Mumbai and received her B.A. in English literature from The University of Mumbai and her Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University in 1976. She has been a professor at Mount Holyoke since 1982, with a period at Columbia University from 2002 to 2004.

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  1. ^ "Citations search: "Indira Viswanathan Peterson" (Google Books)". Retrieved 9 November 2007.